Another feature for Oregon Rails-to-Trails, submitted by Jason Hardrath:
Row River Trail
This 16-mile, paved, multi-use trail follows the route of the now-abandoned Oregon Pacific & Eastern
Railroad line along the scenic shores of the Row (rhymes with “cow”) River and Dorena Reservoir. There
are many trailheads and places to stop and enjoy lake views and the surrounding farm country. Nearby
is the historic Bohemia Mining Area which features remnants of late 1800s gold mines. The trestle
bridge at Harms Park is one of several locations immortalized on the silver screen. Movies filmed along
the railway include “Stand By Me” with River Phoenix and, in 1926, “The General” with Buster Keaton.
The full length of the trail stretches from Trailhead Park in Cottage Grove, Oregon 16 miles up to Culp Creek Trailhead. There are many trailheads with easy access along the trail to do this in a self-supported style, See the official Row River Trailmap here: https://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/files/brochures/row_river_trail_map_32x18.pdf
The trail is net downhill from Culp Creek Trailhead to Trailhead Park, so this is the best direction for one way attempts.
If you have a secret side goal of seeing all of Oregon's Historic Covered Bridges there are 4 in the Cottage Grove area, 2 of them are visible from the route.
Hey there, I’m going to take a stab at this FKT tomorrow morning, May 11, around 10am and starting at the Culp Creek trailhead. Nice Mother’s Day gift from my college kid - a shuttle to Cottage Grove and back from Ashland!
An excellent mother's day gift indeed!
Hope you're crushing out there! Excited to hear how it goes :)
Hey Jason, it was a beautiful day out there, and a fun way to make up for all the cancelled races. Maybe I’ll try for another this month. Thanks for setting up so many FKTs in Oregon!
I will be going for the one way FKT on the Row River trail tomorrow afternoon. I will be running the direction from Culp Creek down to Cottage Grove. I have never run on this path before, but it looks like a fun one! I will be uploading on Strava.
Sick, psyched to see a smoking fast time go on this!