Introducing the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway

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    Ride Oregon Staff
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    Road Routes, Scenic Bikeways

Painted Hills

Oregon’s 15th Scenic Bikeway meanders through the colorful John Day Fossil Beds, connecting the Eastern Oregon communities of Fossil, Service Creek, Spray, Kimberly and Mitchell. Cyclists on the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway, named for one of the three John Day Fossil Beds units, can view the hills’ gorgeous yellow, gold, black and red stratifications from the seat of a bike as they spin down mostly low-traffic roads and explore rural towns. The route’s hub-and-spoke layout lets riders customize the route plan that suits them best.

This new Bikeway designation brings the total mileage of Oregon Scenic Bikeways to more than 1,000.

Visit the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway route page for a full route description and helpful planning tools, including a printable map, turn-by-turn cue sheet, GPS data, camping information and other accommodations and amenities.

About the Scenic Bikeways program
Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways program designates riding routes nominated by local proponent groups, and makes it easier for locals and visitors to experience the state’s best riding with route signs, detailed maps and turn-by-turn cue sheets. It’s the first program in the nation of its type, contributing millions of tourism dollars to rural economies every year.

View a complete list of Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways

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  1. Way to go Painted Hills proponents! I have ridden parts of this bikeway and it deserves to be added to the list of Oregon’s most scenic bicycle routes!