This 14-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 views of Dorena Lake and the surrounding farm country. Several quaint, covered bridges are located nearby, as 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, Emperor of the North with Ernest Borginine, and, in 1926, The General with Buster Keaton.
Know Before You Go:
No camping is allowed along the trail.
No food or water is available on the trail. Several general stores are located in Cottage Grove, Dorena (across Row River Road from the trail), and Culp Creek (0.25 mile east on Row River Road).
Parking and restroom facilities are located at 2- to 3-mile intervals along the trail.
This day-use area is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Visitors should not enter old mine tunnels, which are both hazardous and located on private property.
Point of Interest:
The Mosby Creek Covered Bridge, located just off the trail, is a white bridge built in 1920. Extensive restoration work was completed in 1990. Row Point survives as a remnant of a native prairie community, featuring showy displays of wildflowers during spring.