A Foodie Spin on the Willamette Valley 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 Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway holds a special place in our hearts as the first-ever designated Scenic Bikeway, way back in 2009. This 133-mile route starts at Champoeg State Park and ends at Armitage County Park just outside Eugene, passing by the Willamette Valley’s famous vineyards, hopyards, farmlands and quaint towns on its way.
This Scenic Bikeway is full to the brim with wonderful places to stop and enjoy epicurean delights, from Oregon beer and wine to full farm-to-table meals. Click the food and drink icon on the map above to see some of the many establishments that might lure you off the route. As for our Ride Oregon and Path Less Pedaled team? Here’s the route we followed:
Set out from Champoeg State Park. You can park there, or camp overnight and get an early start. Meander along the mostly-flat country roads past fields of Oregon hops to Salem. There, you’ll see our state’s capitol building.
Once through Salem, stop off at the Ankeny Vineyard (open at noon), which is right along the bikeway. After some sipping, continue along the bikeway until you come to the Independence Bridge. Taking a detour over this bridge provides even more options for foodies — including the highly rated Pink House Cafe, where our team grabbed lunch. Then, spend a relaxing afternoon on the west side of the Willamette River, biking to the Redgate Vineyard to try some signature Pinot Gris, and the Rogue Farms Hopyard and tasting room for a cold brew.
To stay the night and make it a two-day trip, you have a few options: Camp in Independence at Riverview Park, stay at one of its hotels or B&Bs, or ride 7 miles south to Buena Vista for a good night’s sleep and a yummy breakfast at the Buena Vista House.
After resting and refueling, take the Buena Vista Ferry across the Willamette River to rejoin the bikeway.
Stop whenever you want to (or wherever your ride picks you up), or keep going and cycle the entire length of this Scenic Bikeway to Eugene. Either way, you’ll pass through some of the most beautiful fields and farmlands in the world in Oregon’s famous Willamette Valley.