Bicycle Scenic Oregon Bike Trails

May 29, 2013 by

Oregon Bikeway

Ready to challenge yourself with an active vacation? Consider riding one of the scenic Oregon designated bike trails chosen from “best of the best” routes in the state.

These routes include bikeways for every skill level, so whether you are an expert cyclist or a recreational rider, of the 9 Oregon bike trails to choose from you’ll find one or more that can work for you.

Easy-to-Ride Bikeways

If your looking for more of a casual ride for the family, the bikeway program offers two routes that are appropriate for just about everyone. These shorter routes experience little to no traffic and are mostly flat.

Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway: This route is ideal for families and nature lovers. It takes you off-street, along a paved path (crosses roads at several points). Riders experience lake views, covered bridges, historic downtown and plenty of foliage and flowers. The in-town part of the bikeway includes a ride through The Chambers Bridge.

Metolius River Loops Scenic Bikeway: This route is composed of a series of loops. It starts and ends at the historic Camp Sherman Store and Fly Shop on the Metolius River. Cyclists have a number of possible routes to choose from that vary in difficulty from a short ride perfect for families to a 20 plus mile loop. The terrain is flat or rolling.

Oregon covered bridges

Moderate Bike Trails

If you’re ready to push beyond the beginner state, Oregon bike trails offer moderate skill level options. These trails include some hills but nothing really steep or overly long.

Challenging to Extreme Bikeways

If you are an experienced cyclist whose looking for more of a challenge, Oregon bikeways include challenging routes, and for those who are in top shape, extreme trails are available to test your abilities. These trails provide a good, hard ride.

The bikeway program is a partnership between Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit their website.

Photo credits: Base Camp Baker, Kristin E. Dahl, Mr.Thomas

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