As part of the Row River National Recreation Trail, the Mosby Creek Trailhead Park is rich with history and adventure opportunity. The Row River Trail provides over 15 miles of paved path for walkers, runners, bikers and even horseback riders. The Mosby Creek Trailhead is located about 3 miles east from the start of the trail in downtown Cottage Grove and is a good place to start because it skips the sections of the trail that run through the suburban areas with numerous street crossings.
One historical piece in the park is the Mosby Creek Covered Bridge. Built in 1920, it is the oldest remaining covered bridge in Lane County. The bridge got its name from a local pioneer, David Mosby, who owned land nearby. The wood bridges were covered to help protect them from the elements and help them last longer. A small field and picnic table near the bridge makes for a nice spot to relax and enjoy this bit of history.
Another historical sight is just north of the covered bridge where the Row River Trail crosses an old steel railroad bridge. The railroad used to transfer materials and people between Cottage Grove and Dorena. Now it’s been paved and adapted for the multi-use recreation trail. For the movie buffs out there, this bridge may look familiar; before the transformation into the paved path it was used in the 1985 movie Stand by Me.
The park includes two large parking areas, one paved, the other gravel. Vault toilets and drinking fountains are located near the paved parking area. The gravel parking area includes an equestrian loading ramp and dog walking area.