Construction on the Oregon, California, and Eastern Railroad (OC&E) began in 1917 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. It finally reached Bly, Oregon, in 1927. Several railroads used the line until the early 1980s when the lumber industry declined and the line’s owner, Weyerhaeuser, converted the railway into a multi-use path and deeded it to Oregon Parks and Recreation in 1992.
It is the longest state park in Oregon, stretching 105 miles and over 1,200 acres. Some of the OC&E Woods Line State Trail is paved, around six miles of it, from Klamath Falls to the small community of Olene. The rest is gravel and is easily usable on foot or on a bicycle. The steepest part of the trail has a two percent grade. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail.
If you have a horse, the OC&E Woods Line State Trail is also open to horseback riding. The scenery along the trail varies immensely, from urban city to ranch lands, between mountains, along rivers, and through thick woods. There are a variety of great views and historical sites along the way, many worth taking a picture of. There are even quiet spots you can stop and fish in the river.
Some of the trail’s highlights include the Switchbacks, a section of rail built as a double switchback over the hillside, and the Merritt Creek Trestle, which stands more than 50 feet above the creek bed. OC&E Woods Line State Trail is open year-round and has no cost to use. If you’re planning a longer walk or ride, call the park office for up-to-date conditions. There's no camping allowed on the trail except where marked.
There are also some nearby camping opportunities in the Winema National Forest. Dogs are welcome on OC&E Woods Line State Trail on a leash. Bring waste bags and clean up pet waste. Be respectful of other guests and animals. Always give horses the right-of-way. Bring water for yourself and your pets. If you’re looking for a trail in Southern Oregon where you can take a long walk with your pup, visit OC&E Woods Line State Trail.