The Row River Trail is part of the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway in Willamette Valley, Oregon. To complete this 14-mile out-and-back hike on foot would take between six and seven hours. Most visitors choose to finish just a portion of the trail and walk for an hour or two, and the route is also very popular with cyclists. Your pooch can join you on the Row River Trail as long as they stay on-leash.
The Row River Trail follows a former railway line, and it's part of a network of 1600 rail-trails in America. This trail follows the former Oregon Pacific and Eastern Railroad lines. Several spots along the path have been used for television and movies, and you'll find plenty of interesting places to stop along the way.
You can begin your hike from several different places in the cities of Cottage Grove and Culp Creek, including the Culp Creek Trailhead, the Mosby Creek Trailhead, Trailhead Park, and the Dorena Dam Trailhead. All of these trailheads have plenty of free parking, and many of them have washrooms and garbage cans. Be sure to bring your own water and doggie bags.
If you begin in Cottage Grove, you'll follow that path for about three miles before you reach the Mosby Creek trailhead. If you keep walking or cycling for another 3.5 miles, you'll come to the Dorena Dam. Next, the trail takes you to Row Point, and then to Harms Park Trestle. If this area looks familiar to you, you've likely seen it in several movies and television shows! You can then go to Bake Stewart Park, the newest trailhead on the path, before you reach the Culp Creek trailhead where the Row River Trail ends.No matter where you begin this trail or how much of it you complete, you and your dog will be in for a leisurely stroll with astounding views around every twist and turn.