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“Beautiful and Relaxing”
Review of Row River Trail

Row River Trail
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120 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Beautiful and Relaxing”
Reviewed May 16, 2014

The Row River Trail is a completely paved rails to trails project which begins in downtown Cottage Grove, OR and ends about 17 miles later. It's an easy hike, jog or bike ride through some absolutely gorgeous scenery. The trail crosses or parallels the Row River at several points and skirts along one side of Dorena Lake. There is lush greenery and farmland along nearly the entire route and as an additional bonus, there are several old covered bridges. The grades on the trail are very gentle which makes it an especially good ride for a family or a novice rider. A picnic lunch eaten by the lake makes the trip even more of a treat. If there is any distraction at all it's that the trail dead ends and at that point there are no facilities or attractions save for an outhouse and a sign that reads "End of Trail". It's a rather anticlimactic finish to an otherwise wonderful ride but it takes nothing from all the wonderful sights that preceded that point. All the more to look forward to as you make the return journey.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Susan O
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English first
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Row River Trail and other roads close-by”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

We decided to ride the Covered Bridge tour rather than drive. Estimate that it was about 35 miles; counting stops, it took about 4 hours. Rented bikes at Rainy Peaks and followed the Covered Bridge tour signs. Big Hill between the Mosby Creek Bridge and Dorena Lake (Garoutte Rd) and rolling rising 2 lane road on the south side of the lake. The ride back along the trail was peaceful and more gradual. The lake level was very low; suspect that it would be even more impressive with the reservoir full in the spring/early summer.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Charlie K
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58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fabulous in the Fall.”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

On a clear fall day this trail is a visual delight. It is well maintained for the most part & is a pleasant ride up to Dorena Lake for a picnic. The covered bridges along the route provide for great photos.

Visited October 2013
Thank LaurieR58
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Grants Pass, Oregon
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396 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Rode our bikes along 5 miles of path. Mellow, smooth, scenic, well maintained asphalt path. Great for road bikes.

Visited October 2013
Thank Suz1884
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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“End of Trail”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Once you get near the end of the trail there are some concerns. We've seen automobiles on the bike path likely because there are missing uprights to prevent entry. Also, the vegatation is creeping into the walkway - needs some trimming. Then the issue of the pot plants growing at the ramshackled trailer house at a small mill right next to the trail - the collection of stuff at this location also spills into the trail. One time their donkey stopped some fellow riders from passing. The BLM does not seem to be taking care of this incredible assett.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank C I
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