Over the Rivers and Through the Woods Scenic Byway
Over the Rivers and Through the Woods is a 66-mile scenic route beginning in the rich farmlands of the Willamette Valley, winding along rushing streams and through thick forests as it climbs into the Cascades to join the West Cascades and McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass National Scenic Byways.
To start the journey take I-5 exit 216 about 25 miles north of Eugene east onto OR 228 toward Brownsville, which was settled in 1846 and is Oregon’s third oldest town. During winter months, grass fields around Brownsville host wintering bald eagles and large flocks of white tundra swans. Much of the Byway parallels the Santiam Wagon Road. Take time to visit the historic museums and cemeteries along the way for a view into Pioneer life, many who traveled this road and the Oregon Trail to get to the lush, fertile Willamette Valley.
From Cascadia, the Byway continues along the South Santiam River. Thick forests are dominated by Douglas-fir, western hemlock and red cedar; big leaf maples and red alder provide contrast to the conifers, especially in the fall.
History runs deep across Oregon with fascinating, colorful and surprising stories. Oregon’s pioneer cemeteries are heritage sites and offer a peak into Oregon’s past. Many host geocaches for an added adventure. The Brownsville Cemetery, photo featured, is home to many pioneers and some very old stones. GC8T6FM Oh Lonesome Me
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