Road Trip: McKenzie River Valley

A string of riverside communities greets the wild and oh-so-scenic McKenzie River as it drains down from the Cascade Mountains and tumbles west toward Eugene. More
: Greg Vaughn

Leaburg

The town of Leaburg is tucked into the banks of the Wild and Scenic McKenzie River.

Visitors are lured by the picturesque Goodpasture Covered Bridge straddling those waters, as well as the McKenzie River Trail, a nationally renowned, 26-mile hiking and mountain-biking route. Watch salmon spawn at the fish hatchery or tee off at the McKenzie River Golf Club.

Trip Ideas

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Ask Oregon

Where can I take my family rafting, fishing and hiking near Eugene?

Thanks for the question.  I suggest a trip east on Highway 126 from Eugene.  You can raft on the McKenzie River.  There are numerous guided trips.  I highly recommend Helfrich Outfitters and if you want to begin and end at Belknap Hot Springs Resort check out High Country Expeditions.  To get a great view of the Cascades…

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