Biking - Row River Trail

The Row River Trail is 15.6 miles and connects the City of Cottage Grove to Dorena Lake, Culp Creek and the nearby Umpqua National Forest. The trail traverses a variety of landscapes that include: urban lands; pasture and farm land; timber lands; Dorena Lake shoreline; and the Row River.

photo of steel girder bridge

The Currin Bridge

The trail width varies from 8' to 10' and the trail corridor is approximately 135 acres. Lands adjacent to the trail are owned by Weyerhaeuser Timber Company, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Dorena Lake), and private land owners. The trail is paved and grade does not exceed 5 percent. Curves along the trail are banked to help bicyclists maintain their balance and allow for proper drainage. The trail and facilities along the trail meet or exceed standards for accessibility.

The Row River Trail provides access to an extensive network of forest trails managed by the Umpqua National Forest, as well as a link to the towns of Cottage Grove, Dorena Lake, and several rural communities in Lane County.

Historical features along the trail include three historic covered bridges: Mosby Creek Bridge (1920), Currin Bridge (1925), and the Dorena Bridge (1949) are all located near or adjacent to the Trail. Other historical features include retrofitting of the existing railway bridges that include Mosby Creek Bridge (1902) and the Row River, Rat Creek, and Teeter Creek bridges (1940s). Additional historical and cultural features include a historic homestead and old movie sets for the popular films "The General," featuring Buster Keaton, and "The Wedding Tree."

Special thanks to American Trails for the information on the Row River Trail.

Additional information: http://www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails/blm/rowriver-or.html

Directions: From I-5 in Cottage Grove take Exit 174 toward Dorena Lake. At the end of the offramp, turn east on Row River Road. Drive one mile east on Row River Road and then turn right on Currin Conn Road. Immediately after this turn take a quick left on Mosby Creek Road. Go two miles southeast on Mosby Creek Road and then turn left on Layng Road. Just after this turn take a quick left into the Mosby Creek Trailhead parking lot. Parking is also provided at these primitive trailheads: Dam Overlook, Row Point, Harms Park, Dorena Covered Bridge and Culp Creek.

 

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  • Tim L.

    Hi Mathew. I'm sorry I missed you guys. I got there a little after 9:30 - my fault - and you were already gone. I rode awhile and thought I would catch up with you but did not find you. I will look for the next time you go.

    May 12, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Tim, you would of just missed us. Mark, Steven and I met at Best Buy and waited for others until 8:45. No one else showed up, so we headed to Mosby Creek Trailhead. Shortly after arriving there, Audrey showed up. We were on our bikes and heading out of the parking lot at 9:34 on my watch. Sorry we missed you. I hope to do this trip again, and have more people join us. It's a great trail to enjoy.

      May 12, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    I had a great time! Sunny weather and a fun trail to enjoy. Views around Dorena Lake were nice to see. Thanks to Mark, Steven, and Audrey for going. I hope to do this again sometime this summer.

    May 11, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Can't make It

    May 10, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    I'm bringing a truck to put our bikes in the back of. Also, I'm thinking of bringing a cooler to put drinks and some food in, for when we are done.

    May 9, 2013

  • Tim L.

    It' closed from Mosby Creek going north to River road, only about 2 miles. The rest is completely open. See you on Saturday.

    1 · May 7, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Thanks for the update, Tim. We can all head to Mosby Creek and decide there if we want to start there or drive up the trail a bit.

      May 8, 2013

  • Don

    Sorry I have to go to Grants Pass for the weekend. Hope to catch the next ride.

    May 6, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    How many trucks or bike racks on cars do we have available?

    May 6, 2013

  • Tim L.

    Mathew, just wanted you to know that that bike trail from Mosby creek to Row River RD is under construction. I rode on it this weekend, it's doable but probrably not the safest. We may want to start after Row River but we can decide on Saturday. I w aill meet you at Mosby Creek at 9:30 am if that works

    1 · May 6, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Tim, thanks for the information. When I went out to stake out the trail, all the signs mentioned the first section, from near Walmart out to Mosby Creek getting worked out this spring. So if we meet at Mosby Creek and head out towards Dorena we should be fine. Please let me know if there is any trail closures out that way you may know of. Thanks.

      May 6, 2013

  • Carissa

    I live in the Grove so I look forward to meeting everyone at the trail head!

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • Sue S.

    Which trailhead are you starting from? I might try to hook up with you all around 9:15 a.m. or so.

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      The Mosby Creek Trailhead. Hope to see you join us.

      April 21, 2013

  • Barbara G.

    Crumb, just realized I have a job on the 11th. I will be interested in going on the next Row River bike trip though!

    April 12, 2013

  • Susanna

    Sorry, this the annual Walkin & Rollin event my organization puts on along the fern ridge bike path.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Tim L.

    I live in Cottage Grove so I'll meet you on the trail at Mosby Creek.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Andrea Brown (.

    I have my kids that weekend so it doesn't work for me. Have fun!

    March 27, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    I plan on riding the full trail, out and back. For those that don't want to meet at Best Buy, please be at the Mosby Creek Trailhead by 9:30AM. The plan is for those meeting at Best Buy to leave by 9:00AM, and the drive takes about a half hour.

    March 26, 2013

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