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Oregon Scenic Bikeways – The 17 Best Bike Rides

Did you know that Oregon has the only Scenic Bikeway program in the nation and that Cycle Oregon manages the program? It is the first of its kind with official state-designated bike routes, printable maps, and on-road signage. These scenic bikeways showcase beautiful scenery, state history, and local communities. Here are 17 beautiful Oregon scenic bikeways for your next ride. 

Oregon scenic bikeways map and brochure

Oregon State Parks opened its scenic bikeway program in 2009 in partnership with Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon and the Oregon Department of Transportation. It was the first and still is the only state to have official state-designated routes. More information about the 17 rides listed below can be found in this Downloadable Oregon Scenic Bikeways Map & Brochure

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Four cyclists riding Oregon's covered bridges scenic bikeway
Credit: Russ Roca

1. Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway

Cruise through quaint covered bridges and tranquil lake views on this scenic bikeway. The family-friendly Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway starts and ends in Cottage Grove, known for its historic downtown that has even been featured in movies such as Animal House (1968) and Stand By Me (1986). 

From downtown Cottage Grove, ride towards Mosby Creek Trailhead, where Row River Trail starts. Row River Trail offers 17 miles of smoothly paved bike/ped-only path along the north side of Dorena Lake. Row River Trail can be ridden as an out-and-back. It also connects to Row Rover and Lower Brice Creek Roads, turning the ride into a low-traffic loop.

Difficulty: Mild 

Length: 36 Miles

Climb: +1,210 FT

Best Season: Year-round

Location: Willamette Valley

Type: Loop

Trip Planning Resources

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four cyclists riding the crooked river canyon oregon scenic bikeway
Credit: Russ Roca

2. Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway

The Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway is a hidden gem in Central Oregon. This ride takes visitors from the historic community of Prineville through the Crooked River Canyon, showing off its narrow, twisting rock, which presents nostalgic scenery of the Wild West. 

The scenic bikeway ends at Big Bend Campground, where the Crooked River feeds into Prineville Reservoir. Big Bend Campground has parking, restrooms, water, and power. Additionally, several day-use sites along the route have restrooms; two have water stations to refill empty bottles.  

Difficulty: Moderate 

Length: 18 Miles

Climb: +728 FT

Best Season: Spring through Fall

Location: Central Oregon

Type: Out and back (37 mi)

Trip Planning Resources

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three cyclists riding the madras mountain views scenic bikeway with a purple field of flowers behind them
Credit: Russ Roca

3. Madras Mountain Views Scenic Bikeway

The Madra Mountain View Scenic Bikeway is a breathtaking 29-mile loop that offers views of Oregon’s volcanoes and pastoral scenery. The ride starts and ends at Sahalee Park in Madras. If you need to stop for water or restrooms mid-ride, you can find those at The Cove Palisades State Park.

The bikeway includes several overlooks where you can take in the best views of volcanic peaks. You might even spot wildlife like eagles, deer, snakes, and lizards along the way. 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Length: 29 Miles

Climb: +1,175 FT

Best Season: Spring through Fall

Location: Central Oregon

Type: Loop

Trip Planning Resources

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two cyclists biking the sherar's falls oregon scenic bikeway
Credit: Russ Roca

4. Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway

Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway begins in Maupin and is a 33-mile loop that winds along the Deschutes River in passage to Sherar’s Falls. The falls are a popular salmon fishing spot for local Native Americans. Watch them fish on wooden scaffolds using traditional diners and set nets. 

You’ll also come across White River Falls State Park, which (following a short walk) leads to one of Oregon’s secret hideaways: sweeping views of a 90-foot plunge over a basalt shelf. 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Length: 33 Miles

Climb: +1,727 FT

Best Season: Spring and Fall

Location: Central Oregon

Type: Loop

Trip Planning Resources

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3 cyclists riding towards the mountains of sisters to smith rock scenic bikeway
Credit: Russ Roca

5. Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway

The Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway takes riders past historical sites, the Deschutes River, and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains. The bikeway starts in the town of Sisters and ends at Smith Rock State Park, just outside of Terrebonne. 

Smith Rock State Park will greet you with dramatic walls of towering multicolored formations left over from eroded volcanoes. Here you can watch rock climbers ascend the surrounding peaks. 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Length: 36 Miles

Climb: +960 FT

Best Season: Spring through Fall

Location: Central Oregon

Type: Out and back (72 mi)

Trip Planning Resources

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two cyclists on a bridge on twin bridges scenic bikeway
Credit: Russ Roca

6. Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway

The Twin Bridges Loop Scenic Bikeway gets its name from the two bridges along the route that cross the Deschutes River. Beautiful wetlands and ranches surround them. Along the ride, you will have striking views of the Cascade Mountains along with changing scenery such as high-desert landscapes, hobby farms, hay fields, and wildlife. 

This route starts and finishes at Drake Park in Bend, where you can find restrooms, parking, and shaded picnic areas. 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Length: 36 Miles

Climb: +1,812 FT

Best Season: Spring through Fall

Location: Central Oregon

Type: Loop

Trip Planning Resources

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four cyclists riding by a field of corn on the tualatin valley scenic bikeway
Credit: Russ Roca

7. Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway

The Tualatin Scenic Bikeway includes lovely views of farms, vineyards, and natural areas. The route starts at Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro and follows country roads leading you to the Banks-Vernonia State Trail in Banks. 

This route is perfect for out-and-back explorations and offers an ideal blend of a meandering ride through the valley and the Banks-Vernonia Trail. 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Length: 51 Miles

Climb: +1,647 FT

Best Season: Year round

Location: Portland Region

Type: Out and back (102 mi)

Trip Planning Resources

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willamette valley scenic bikeway logo
four cyclists riding the willamette valley scenic bikeway oregon
Credit: Russ Roca

8. Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway Oregon

The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway was the first official scenic bikeway in the United States. Ride through the Willamette Valley with views of the Coast Mountain Range on your West and the Cascade Mountains to the East. This route will also take you alongside fields of hops, vineyards, and even Champoeg State Heritage Area. 

The valley’s temperate climate allows you to enjoy this route year-round, but we suggest you bring rain gear for winter riding. 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Length: 134 Miles

Climb: +2,585 FT

Best Season: Year-round 

Location: Willamette Valley 

Type: Out and back (268 mi)

Trip Planning Resources

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two cyclists riding by the ocean on the wild rivers coast scenic bikeway
Credit: Russ Roca

9. Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway

The Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway is a voyage to the oldest town on the Oregon coast, Port Orford. In addition to the oldest coastal town, you will see a wild river, lush cranberry bogs, basalt sea stacks, and breathtaking ocean views. You can complete this ride in one day or take several out and back rides. 

On this ride, you can visit various places, such as Battle Rock Park, Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve, Elk River Fish Hatchery, and Cape Blanco Lighthouse. 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Length: 61 Miles

Climb: +3,028 FT

Best Season: Year round

Location: Oregon Coast

Type: Out and back (122 mi)

Trip Planning Resources

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Grande tour scenic bikeway logo
four cyclists biking the grande tour scenic bikeway
Credit: Russ Roca

10. Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway

The Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway offers country roads with gorgeous views of the Blue and Wallowa Mountains. The route starts at Riverside Park, just north of La Grande, and is a challenging 134-mile figure eight loop. If you want to split the ride, rest at the halfway point in Baker City, where you can grab some good food and stop by the local bicycle shop. 

Difficulty: Challenging 

Length: 134 Miles

Climb: +4,546 FT

Best Season: Spring through fall

Location: Eastern Oregon

Type: Loop

Trip Planning Resources

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two cyclists riding the old west scenic bikeway in Oregon
Credit: Russ Roca

11. Old West Scenic Bikeway

The Old West Scenic Bikeway is a two to three-day ride that offers diverse scenery, such as rivers, hot springs, and fossil beds. The bikeway begins at the Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site in John Day. This route is truly one of the best community supported rides, with ten communities along the route filled with people ready to greet you and help in whichever way they can. 

In addition to the warm communities, there are three state parks, five additional campgrounds, and two bike hostels on this route. The Grant County Chamber (541-575-0547) has a volunteer who will assist cyclists wanting to plan a day, weekend, or longer vacation ride. 

Difficulty: Challenging 

Length: 174 Miles

Climb: +8,493 FT

Best Season: Spring and fall

Location: Eastern Oregon

Type: Loop

Trip Planning Resources

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two cyclists biking next to a river on the Cascading rivers scenic bikeway in Oregon
Credit: Russ Roca

12. Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway

The Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway is a 71-mile route that follows the Breitenbush and Clackamas Rivers. Along the way, cyclists will catch glimpses of elk, grouse, quiet pools, and reservoirs. 

Riders looking for a challenge will be attracted to this bikeway that starts with a 17-mile, 1,985 foot climb out of Detroit, cresting at an elevation of 3,583 feet. The remainder of the route is a long 3,125-foot descent into the Estacada Cycling Plaza where you can find a number of amenities for the end of your journey. 

Difficulty: Challenging 

Length: 71 Miles

Climb: +3,300 FT

Best Season: Spring through fall

Location: Mt. Hood & Columbia River Gorge

Type: Out and back (142 mi)

Trip Planning Resources

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three cyclists taking a break to put their feet in the water at a pond along the blue mountain century scenic bikeway in oregon
Credit: Russ Roca

13. Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway

The Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway is a stunning loop that starts and ends in Heppner, a full-service community. The 108-mile route takes you through the Blue Mountains to Ukiah, where you can find overnight accommodations before looping back to Heppner. Most cyclists should plan to finish this ride in two days. 

Difficulty: Extreme 

Length: 108 Miles

Climb: +8,211 FT

Best Season: Early Summer and Fall

Location: Eastern Oregon

Type: Loop

Trip Planning Resources

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cascade siskiyou scenic bikeway
three cyclists biking the cascade siskiyou scenic bikeway in oregon
Credit: Russ Roca

14. Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway

With more than 5,000 feet of climbing and steep winding descents, the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway is for experienced riders. This route begins in Ashland, and most of the climbing is in the first 15 miles. Throughout your ride, take in the beauty of the diverse ecosystems around you. The route ends with an exhilarating 13-mile descent back to Ashland. 

Some variations to this ride include a 5-mile out and back to the historic Tub Springs State Wayside, where you can fill water bottles from a cold, pure mountain spring. Bike campers can also plan a two-day adventure by staying at one of several campgrounds near Hyatt Reservoir or Howard Prairie Lake. A popular locals’ trip is to ride the 3,000-foot climb up to Green Springs Inn for brunch, returning to the town the same way, making it a 35-mile ride. 

Difficulty: Extreme 

Length: 55 Miles

Climb: +5,085 FT

Best Season: Spring through Fall

Location: Southern Oregon

Type: Loop

Trip Planning Resources

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mckenzie pass scenic bikeway logo
two cyclists biking through the trees in the mckenzie pass oregon scenic bikeway
Credit: Russ Roca

15. McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway

The route begins at the Village Green Park in the center of Sisters and follows an 1860s wagon route. This bikeway takes you through ponderosa pine forests, a 2,000-year-old lava flow, the Dee Wright Observatory, and a short hike to Proxy Falls. At the end of the route is Belknap Hot Springs, which sits on the banks of the McKenzie River. 

Difficulty: Extreme 

Length: 38 Miles

Climb: +2,367 FT

Best Season: Summer and Fall

Location: Central Oregon

Type: Out and Back (76 mi)

Trip Planning Resources

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three cyclists riding along the oregon outback scenic bikeway with the mountains behind them
Credit: Russ Roca

16. Oregon Outback Scenic Bikeway

The Oregon Outback Scenic Bikeway is nestled within the Warner Mountains. Begin your ride at the Lake County Fairgrounds in the town of Lakeview. Then, cycle by high peaks, sheer cliffs, and gorgeous lakes. You might be lucky enough to spot pronghorn antelope, wetland birds, bighorn sheep, and sage grouse along the way. 

Difficulty: Extreme 

Length: 90 Miles

Climb: +4,327 FT

Best Season: Early Spring through fall

Location: Southern Oregon

Type: Out and Back (180 mi)

Trip Planning Resources

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three female cyclists riding the painted hills oregon scenic bikeway
Credit: Russ Roca

17. Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway

The Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway reveals millions of years of history in the layers of mountains of earth, one color at a time. The hills get their name from delicately colored stratifications in the soil. Additionally, you can also find some Mars-like pillars formed by waterfalls and volcanic sludge. The route is a sensational series of rides and loops which easily connect to adjacent counties for more extended tours on primarily low-traffic roads. 

Difficulty: Extreme 

Length: 161 Miles

Climb: +12,864 FT

Best Season: Late Spring through Fall

Location: Eastern Oregon

Type: Out and Back (322 mi)

Trip Planning Resources

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