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Row River Trail

Have you ever ridden through a covered bridge on a trail ride?  Covered bridges are just one of the attractions you’ll enjoy on the Row River Trail, which runs for 15 miles through farmland and forest, along the pretty shore of Dorena Lake, and past a couple of the small mill towns that sprang up along the Row (rhymes with cow) River in the early 1900s.

Row River Trail

The Riding

The Row River Trail is a rails-to-trails conversion near Cottage Grove, Oregon, about 25 miles south of Eugene.  The trail follows the old Oregon Pacific & Eastern Railroad line, which was originally owned by the Bohemia Mining Company and used to haul people and freight between Cottage Grove and Disston.  The entire length of the trail is paved, but beside the pavement you’ll find a nice 2-foot wide gravel path expressly for horses.

Row River Trail

Admittedly, the Row River Trail is fairly popular with bicyclists.  But don’t worry.  The trail has long lines of sight so you’ll be able to see cyclists coming a long way off, and little elevation change so the bikes aren’t going very fast.  Plus, they’re on the pavement and you’re not.

Row River Trail

The trail actually begins in downtown Cottage Grove, but for the first couple of miles it runs through city and suburban areas, so it’s best to skip that part.  Start your ride at Mosby Creek Trailhead, which has plenty of trailer parking, plus other amenities.

Row River Trail

The trail’s covered bridges are a delight.  The Mosby Covered Bridge is next to the trail near the Mosby Creek Trailhead.  About 1.5 miles later you’ll come to the Currin Covered Bridge, not far off the trail.  The Dorena Covered Bridge is also a short detour off the trail, in the town of Dorena.

Row River Trail

In addition to the covered bridges, the Row River Trail takes you past quiet farmlands and along the forested shore of pretty Dorena Lake.  You’ll pass by the Harms Park trestle (featured in the movie Stand By Me), and the tiny towns of Dorena and Culp Creek.

The Row River Trail is a fun, easy, and memorable ride.  Don’t miss it!

More Information

The Row River Trail is covered in Riding Northwest Oregon Horse Trails, and in Riding Southern Oregon Horse Trails, both by Kim McCarrel, available at


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