Row River

In 1994, the BLM acquired the abandoned railway that once supported steam engines in the early 1900s hauling ore, logs, supplies and passengers. In the early 70s, an excursion train called "The Goose" carried passengers until the economics of maintaining the railways became prohibitive. Now, developed and maintained as a non-motorized trail for public recreational use, the Row (rhymes with cow), offers year-round enjoyment to visitors who enjoy beautiful vistas that change with the seasons.

photo: Bicyclists enjoying a ride around Dorena Reservoir along the Row River Trail Type: Equestrian Trail, Fitness Trail, Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail, Rail Trail, Urban Trail
Length: 15.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Rafting
Boating, non-motorized: Sailing
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Wildlife Observation
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Trail begins within downtown Cottage Grove, OR and extends east @ 17 miles. The BLM manages the vast majority of the trail beginning at Mosby Creek Trailhead (MP 3). This rail trail winds through rural and forested lands, and parallels the north shore of
States: Oregon
Counties: Lane
Latitude: 43.79794   Longitude: -123.05742

Take the Cottage Grove exit (174) off Interstate Highway 5 and proceed east along Row River Road. Traveling past the Cottage Grove Ranger Station (north side of road), continue about a mile to Layng Road (look for covered bridge to your right). Turn right on Layng Road and travel south towards Mosby Creek road (@ 1 mile). Just past the Mosby covered bridge, through which you will travel, the Mosby Creek Trailhead will be located immediately to your right.


The vision of the Row River Trail began in 1992 when a multi-agency/private citizen working group was organized to foster a Rails-to-Trails project for the abandoned Oregon Pacific & Eastern (OP&E) rail line. The OP&E line was owned and operated by the Bohemia Mining Company and utilized to haul ore, logs, supplies and passengers between Disston and Cottage Grove. The Eugene District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) acquired 14 miles of the abandoned railway in 993 for settlement of a debt from a timber sale default. The BLM began planning for the rail-trail conversion with the completion of the Row River Trail Master Plan (1993).

In 1998, the BLM officially opened the multiple-use paved trail from the Mosby Creek Covered Bridge to Culp Creek. In 1994, the City of Cottage Grove acquired the remaining 3-mile segment of the OP&E rail line that extended from Mosby Creek into the historic downtown district. The Row River Trail is now 15.6 miles and connects the city of Cottage Grove to Dorena Lake, Culp Creek and the nearby Umpqua National Forest. The trail traverses a variety of landscapes that include: urban lands; pasture and farm land; timber lands; Dorena Lake shoreline; and the Row River.

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 3%
Elevation Low Point: 641
Elevation High Point: 796
Year Designated: 2005

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Liz Aleman
Outdoor Recreation Planner
Eugene BLM
P.O. Box 10226
Eugene , OR 97440 -2226
(541) 683-7578

Information Contact:
Michael Mascari
Public Affairs Officer
Eugene BLM
p.o. box 10226
Eugene , OR 97440 -2226
(541) 683-6415



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