May, 2016 Edition

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Row RIver Trail

One of the nicest non-motorized trails in the Willamette Valley is located right here in Cottage Grove.
Row River Trail, a National Recreation Trail, is a 16-mile paved and graveled path from downtown Cottage Grove heading southeast past Dorena Lake along Row River to Culp Creek, a trail that recently became a part of the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway.   Beyond the Culp Creek Trailhead is a graveled surface path that extends to the old railroad turnaround.   
A well maintained, multi-purpose trail exists for multiple types of non-motorized trail enthusiasts (e.g., walkers, hikers, bicyclists, runners, horseback riders, in-line skaters, etc.) 
On a sunny day with a few rest stops and some wildlife watching, the approximately 34-mile, round-trip bicycle ride takes between four to five hours.
The trail provides the best of what the area has to see. You can start from downtown at the Row River trailhead or along any part of the trail.
Trail use is free, and it’s open for public enjoyment a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour past sunset.