LENGTH 135 Miles | DIFFICULTY Moderate | 100% Paved

Nearby cities: Eugene, Salem, Albany

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Relive Oregon’s history, sample the agricultural bounty of the Willamette Valley, pedal through tranquil scenery and make your own history by riding the first official Scenic Bikeway in the United States. The Bikeway follows its namesake river as it winds through the Willamette Valley, shaped by the Coast Range to the west and the towering Cascade Mountains to the east.

The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway takes cyclists alongside fields of Oregon’s world-famous hops, past views of vineyards and through quaint towns. The valley’s temperate climate encourages year-round biking. Bring rain gear for winter riding. April through November brings sunshine, amazing flower displays, farmers markets full of hazelnuts, strawberries and Marionberries (a fruit unique to the area).

The northern point of the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is Champoeg State Heritage Area, where settlers gathered in the 1850s to hold what turned out to be a very close vote that led to the creation of the state of Oregon.

After passing Willamette Mission State Park, the Bikeway continues through Keizer to Salem and Oregon’s state Capitol Building.

After passing by Independence and through the Ankeny Wildlife Refuge, the route continues on quiet country roads through the small towns Jefferson and Albany, past the historic Thompson Mills State Heritage Site, and on to Brownsville.

On leaving Brownsville, the Bikeway climbs to an elevation of 740 feet–its highest point–before dropping back down to Coburg and its southern terminus at Armitage County Park.

Two of the Willamette River’s three remaining ferries are within short side trips from the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway. The Wheatland Ferry and the Buena Vista Ferry are jointly operated by the counties and provide passage for farm equipment, trucks, cars, bicycles, and pedestrians.

More Resources
Information about road conditions from Oregon Department of Transportation’s TripCheck.