Road Trip: Creswell and Cottage Grove

A rumpled landscape of fertile river valleys surrounds these friendly communities south of Eugene. Creswell and Cottage Grove provide a welcoming base for exploring the region’s winding back roads, which lead to scenic farm country, wineries, recreation areas and Lane County’s utterly charming collection of covered bridges. Creswell: A backdrop of lush green lands defines Creswell.…

: Greg Vaughn

Cottage Grove

Known as the covered bridge capital of Oregon, Cottage Grove is bike-friendly community with classic American charm.

Maybe that’s why it has twice received the All-American City Award. Pedal your way through the 37.8-mile Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway, explore nearby hiking trails and waterfalls or visit the historic downtown for a monthly arts walk, seasonal farmers’ markets and a taste of small town life.

Trip Ideas

  • Cottage Grove Covered Bridge Tour Route

    Transport yourself back in time on this relaxing 20-mile/32-kilometer ramble through Lane County, home to the largest collection of covered bridges in the West. Most are open to bicycles and pedestrians; some still handle vehicle...
  • Seven Wonderful Waterfalls

    In the south Willamette Valley, you’ll find wonderful trickle-down in seven waterfall wonders that stretch from the Cascade Mountains to the Oregon Coast. With spring snowmelt swelling the forested streams that feed them, these gorgeous cascades...
  • Oregon Fall Foliage

    Summer wanes, the temperatures drop and Oregon’s forests move into fall party mode. From mountain forests to river valleys around the state, a riot of color celebrates the changing of the seasons. Get out and...
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Where can I photograph the most covered bridges in 3 days?

You can definitely photograph dozens of Oregon’s covered bridges in a three-day journey. How many you can hit just depends on how much driving you want to do and how early you want to get up and get started! Assuming you start on the north end of the Willamette Valley and head south, I suggest…

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