Already known as the land cyclists dream about, Oregon has announced the addition of two new state-designated scenic bikeways – one each in the Willamette Valley and Bend.
The Cottage Grove Bikeway is ideal for families of all ages and all abilities. The trail corrals across six covered bridges – many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places – several bathroom stops, and plenty of rest opportunities. A mix of paved off-street, lakeside paths and low-speed Main Street riding provides diverse scenery and dining opportunities.
Beginning and ending in Bend’s historic Drake Park, the Twin Bridges Loop Scenic Bikeway is rated “moderate,” with varying levels of traffic and hills, but nothing overly long or steep – perfect for those who ride regularly. Taking just two to three hours to complete, the route promises breathtaking views of everything from snowcapped mountains to rolling forests and desert terrain. The route gets its name from the two bridges that cross the Deschutes River along the trail. Riders will medal through the quaint town of Tumalo, a perfect rest stop to grab a bite to eat.
The scenic bikeway program launched in 2010 with the 132-mile Willamette Valley State Scenic Bikeway and is unique to the U.S. Five more routes were added in September 2011, and the newest addition marks eight total trails. The program helps distinguish Oregon as an authentic cycling destination, as the state already offers bikeable towns, mountain biking trails, professional cyclocross events, and more.