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Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway

Scenic Bikeway

  • Length:
    60.9 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Origin:
    Port Orford
  • Attributes:
    1 Day Rides, Coastal, Ocean views, Road, Rural

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Stay Safe

In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

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Route Description

A Wild and Scenic river, lush cranberry bogs, towering basalt sea stacks and vast ocean views await riders on the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway.

The 60-mile ride is anchored in the quaint fishing hamlet of Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon coast. Here you can count on a great cup of coffee, and you’ll find quiet, locally owned hotels and eclectic art galleries.

You can complete the route in one day or take your time with several out-and-back rides. A perfect start point is the historic Battle Rock Park in Port Orford, where you’ll enjoy views of Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve, a protected habitat for marine mammals and nesting shorebirds.

A 17-mile stretch of the Bikeway travels through the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and along the Elk River, a nationally designated Wild and Scenic River, past pools teeming with native salmon and trout and a beautiful old-growth forest in the Grassy Knob Wilderness. Visit the Elk River Fish Hatchery or cool off at one of many swimming holes.

A steady, gentle climb brings you to Cape Blanco State Park on the westernmost point of Oregon. At the tip of the cape stands Cape Blanco Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the state, built in 1870.

Another out-and-back ride just a few easy miles from Port Orford leads to Paradise Point State Recreation Site, where you can pedal up to a sandy beach with sunset-worthy ocean views. If your legs are up for a very steep 1-mile hill challenge, a climb to Port Orford Heads State Park will reward you with history and scenery. Short trails lead to remnants of the town’s history as a Coast Guard lifeboat station. Inspiring panoramic views of the rugged coastline show how far you’ve come — on a clear day, you’ll see Paradise Point, Cape Blanco and the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve.

More Resources

Cape Blanco State Park offers camping with hiker-biker sites and restrooms.

Find more to see and do near this Bikeway at Visit the Oregon Coast and Port Orford Chamber.

Important Traffic Information

In addition to visiting, please contact the USFS Elk River Road Powers Ranger District at (541) 247-3636, ODOT District 7 at (541) 957-3683 and Terry Richards at the city of Port Orford at for current information about road conditions.

Scenic Bikeway routes often include roads with car and truck traffic. Although the Bikeways are routed on low-traffic and low-speed roads whenever possible, most are designated for cyclists that are comfortable riding in some amount of traffic. For traffic-free riding, please check out the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway section north of Banks and the first half of the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway.

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  1. I live on the Elk River Road. Up past the fish hatchery, that road is nothing but blind overgrown curves populated by partying, often drunk drivers. Additionally, it is out of cell phone range to call EMS in case of injury. Bad idea, very bad idea. Not a safe road.

  2. Thank you for reaching out and for your concern. Drunk driving is a very serious issue. If you witness drunk driving — not only for the safety of cyclists but also for pedestrians and other drivers — we highly recommend contacting your local authorities immediately.

    In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle and they have the same rights to use public roads as do cars, and the same laws apply to them. The Scenic Bikeway program aims to inspire people to experience and travel Oregon by bicycle. The information provided by the Bikeway program, such as maps and directions to ride the routes, is advisory only and riders assume all risks as far as the quality and accuracy of the information provided and uses it at their own risk. If you’d like us to contact the local road jurisdiction to inform them of your concern for the overgrown foliage to see if they might be able to mitigate the issue, we are happy to do that.

  3. Welcome to our newest Bikeway! It is so new directional signs are not yet installed! Use maps and cue sheet to follow route. Signs expected to be installed by October 1st.

  4. Just checked this route out yesterday. It’s beautiful. Make sure you get off and walk the trails at Port Orfords Heads. You don’t want to miss those views.

  5. We rode the entire Wild Rivers Bikeway the last few days, including the Elk River Road on Sunday. It is a spectacular, safe route without many hills. Elk River Road is gentle and had very little traffic especially for Labor Day weekend. Apart from some friendly drivers and a handful of other cyclists, we encountered very few people. What a marvelous addition to Oregon Scenic Bikeways. We rented a place in Port Orford for three days, kayaked Port Orford Head with South Coast Tours, and did some birding to boot!

  6. Can you also walk this route or is it just for bikes?

  7. Visited the bikeway over the weekend. Everything is good condition. After a few rockfalls on Elk River Road, everything clear again. Just use caution as the road is thin in areas and some rocks are still scattered across the road from wind, cars, rain, etc. Other than that everything else was in good condition and the bikeway is fully accessable. All the museums are open and will be so throughout the summer! Great ride, great day, great to get out there!

  8. It’s on paved roads open to traffic, but you could walk the shoulder if you were inclined.

  9. I just started mountain biking a few months ago so I consider myself an extreme “newbie”. How easy are the routes? I have been riding 15-20 mile river greenbelt routes at least once a week for the last couple of months.

  10. I biked up the Elk from Port Orford today. 55 in Port Orford and the Canyon was COLD but amazingly beautiful. Saw a bald eagle pair and 4 cars in the 25 mile round trip from 101 and back. Sorry Melissa is so concerned about partying drivers. Sorry her comments lead this list. Poor safety on this route is not supported by statistics.
    There was some rockfall and broken pavement but frankly that’s what makes it an adventure.

  11. Rode the Elk River section of the route yesterday afternoon. Awesome ride, very scenic. The climbing on the way up is very gradual and fairly easy, definitely doable by just about anyone. The way back to the 101 is mostly all downhill, so a very fun ride back.

    The road conditions were very good, with the exception of a few sections with some potholes and cracks and the likes, mostly on the upper sections. Definitely be cautious on the way back to the 101 as most of these were on the river side of the road and the way back to the 101 is a downhill section. Roads were not overgrown and the few sections were slides had occurred had all been cleared.

    Traffic was not an issue at all, had maybe 5 cars pass me on the way out (pretty much all before the hatchery), and none on the way back to the 101. No body was speeding for the most part and all gave me plenty of room as they passed.

    All and all a spectacular ride. I don’t know if Melissa B. is a cyclist at all, or maybe just a local who gets annoyed when she has to take 5 seconds out of there day to safely pass a biker, but any person with any type of road riding experience can easily do this section of the route.

    Happy Riding.

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