What do we need to know before cycling the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway?

Thanks for the question!  I biked the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway in 2011 (read my blog from the ride) and it was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. I rode in the opposite direction you’re planning, finishing the ride at Champoeg State Park.  Champoeg State Park offers RV spaces that you can reserve online.

One of the best resources for this route is rideoregonride.com.  You can see all the latest about the trip and also see where the closest bike shops, restaurants and lodging are located along the way.

As for transportation from Armitage Park near Eugene back to your RV at Champoeg, the options are limited and there isn’t one point to point option.  What I recommend is to take the Amtrak Cascades from Eugene to Salem.  For an additional fee you can bring your un-boxed bike on board   The only downside to taking the Amtrak Cascades is that you can only get as far north as Salem.  From Salem it’s around 30 miles to Champoeg State Park so you would have to either get a taxi or use pedal-power to get you there.

I hope this helps.  Let me know if you have any other questions.

Answered by Cari Soong, Ask Oregon Expert
May 28th, 2013

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  1. Eli Brody says…

    I’d use Salem as a starting point rather than Champoeg if I planned to take the train backk from Eugene.
    From Salem the ride to Champoeg makes a great 2 day camp out ride or a very fast one day 55-60 mile round trip – without baggage – thousands of riders from all over the valley have done it on the annual Monster Cookie Ride Metric Century – so if you can ride the whole WVSB you can handle going to Champoeg & back & let me tell you – there’s a multitude of beautiful loops to ride that connect perfectly with the official WVSB route & I think the WVSB route actually follows the Monster Cookie route south on its return leg from Champoeg – I just hope the absence of long brutal hills doesn’t cause a problem for you – Salem is a just a great destination for bicyclists too.

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About Ask Oregon Expert Cari Soong

Cari Soong is the Assistant Manager of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center in Springfield, Oregon. When she isn't sending visitors out on adventures throughout the region, she is pursuing her passion for outdoor recreation. From bicycling and hiking to snowboarding, she is always in search of the next epic excursion. She has called Oregon home since 2004 and thrives on finding new favorites around the state. She's always eager to share her expert advice and help others plan their trips.

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