A Family-Friendly Outing on the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway
Scenic Bikeway Itinerary
In 2013, we at Ride Oregon partnered with Path Less Pedaled to create a series of short, inspirational videos featuring our Oregon Scenic Bikeways. For each video, we sent a small group of cyclists out to experience our Scenic Bikeways and the towns they pass through. Scenic Bikeways are more than just bike rides; these routes, suggested by local proponents, offer a chance to experience community and beauty all across Oregon.
The Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway is an out-and-back or a loop that’s perfect for riders of all levels. This Bikeway includes the Row River Trail, a paved, car-free path along an abandoned rail line. You can ride it out and turn back around, or, for more experienced riders, loop back to the start on nearby country roads. Add in a few stops at local restaurants and attractions, and you have a perfect family outing. Here’s how our team experienced the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway:
Start your day in Cottage Grove’s downtown, where you can fuel up on delicious food. Our team stopped at Buster’s Main Street Café, a great spot for a pre-ride nosh, with a range of baked and griddled breakfast treats, and sandwiches and burgers for lunch.
Then head over to the Village Green Resort & Gardens, a Bike Friendly Business that offers amenities for cyclists and locked parking for your bikes while you stroll downtown or through the several onsite gardens. (If you need bike rentals, check out Rainy Peak Bicycles.)
When you’re ready, roll out of town on the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway. You’ll ride 17 miles on the paved path, past three of the town’s six covered bridges. From here (or at any point along the path!) you can turn around and head back to town. Or, leave the trail and loop back on nearby roads. Straying from the path will offer an optional climb and views of another covered bridge, but be careful — these roads do have car traffic. As you make your way back into downtown on either the loop or out-and-back option, you’ll see two more covered bridges at the west end of Cottage Grove.
Upon their return to Cottage Grove, our riders stopped in at Jack Sprat’s for a delicious post-ride meal and some family fun. In addition to great food with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, Jack Sprat’s has a great kids’ play area and 60 classic arcade games to enjoy.