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Row River National Recreation Trail

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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  • Row River Trail near Mosby Creek Trailhead.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail near Mosby Creek Trailhead.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Mosby Creek Trailhead for the Row River Trail.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail near Mosby Creek Trailhead.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Mosby Creek covered bridge built in 1920.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Footbridge over Mosby Creek on the Row River Trail.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail near Mosby Creek Trailhead.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Footbridge over Row River.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Footbridge over Row River.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Dorena Dam Trailhead on the Row River Trail. - Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail in the Willamette Valley.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Dorena Dam Trailhead on the Row River Trail. - Row River National Recreation Trail
  • View of Dorena Dam from the Row River Trail.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Vault toilets near the Dorena Dam Trailhead.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail near Dorena Dam. - Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River National Recreation Trail. - Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Dorena Lake.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail. - Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail. - Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Dorena Lake.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail. - Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Forest along the Row River Trail. - Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Mile marker along the Row River Trail.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail near Harms Park.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Parking area and boat ramp in Harms Park.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Dorena Lake near Harms Park.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Smith Creek Trailhead on the Row River Trail.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Smith Creek near Dorena Lake.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Dorena covered bridge, one of three along the Row River Trail.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Dorena covered bridge, built in 1949.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail near Bake Stewart Park. - Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Mile marker on the Row River Trail.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail's end at Culp Creek.- Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Culp Creek Trailhead. - Row River National Recreation Trail
  • Row River Trail near Culp Creek.- Row River National Recreation Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Multiple access points.
Cons: 
Sections of the trail are in town and close to the road.
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Region:
Willamette Valley, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
255.00 ft (77.72 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
31.20 mi (50.21 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
645.00 ft (196.60 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If you’re looking for a long, paved trail to get some good miles in, either by foot or by wheel, the Row River Trail is a great choice. With multiple access points, trailheads, and other adventures close by, there are many options for those looking to explore this beautiful part of the Willamette Valley.

The 15.6-mile trail is set along an abandoned rail line and connects the towns of Cottage Grove and Dorena. Originally the rail line was built to service the mining and logging industries in the area. It was abandoned 1994. Today, the adapted trail is open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders. It’s a popular spot for walkers and runners as well.

The trail winds through a variety of habitats and properties ranging from urban settings to farm and timber lands and riverbanks. It also passes by three historic covered bridges in the area. Some are right along the trail, while others are just a short distance off of the main path. They were built in the early to mid-1900s. Some trailheads have facilities (vault toilets and water), while others are more primitive. The trail is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management, the City of Cottage Grove, as well as volunteers who look after small sections.

If you want to skip the more urban sections of the trail, start your adventure at Mosby Creek trailhead. It shortens the trail, but there are fewer road crossings and less traffic to avoid. It’s also where some of the filming for the 1985 movie Stand by Me took place. The trail’s end at Culp Creek has ample parking, vault toilets and picnic tables.

Trailheads:

  • Trailhead Park: Mile 0 in downtown Cottage Grove
  • Mosby Creek: Mile 3
  • Dorena Dam: Mile 6.5
  • Harms Park: Mile 8.5
  • Bake Stweart Park: Mile 11
  • Culp Creek: Mile 15.5
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