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Oregon Scenic Bikeways

Oregon scenic bikeways are THE place for avid cyclists!

Did you know Oregon has the ONLY Scenic Bikeway program in the United States? We have 17 scenic bikeways in Oregon! Get ready to ride across desert highways, pedal past geological wonders, and marvel at the sea.

Oregon loves bicyclists. That’s why we’re the first state in the nation to create a Bike Friendly Business program geared toward travelers. And many of our inns participate. It serves as a recognition and training program aimed to:

  • Help tourism-related businesses understand the importance of Oregon’s growing bicycle tourism industry
  • Provide tips and tools for how businesses can be Bike Friendly
  • Highlight businesses who commit to enhancing the Oregon biking experience for visitors and Oregonians

Listed first are the bikeways closest to our B&Bs. After, you’ll find the other bikeways, as well as info on the famed Oregon Timber Trail and the Oregon Coast Bike Route. Ask your innkeeper for insider details.

Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway: This family-friendly 36-mile Oregon bicycle loop leads to several covered bridges, including Chambers Bridge, a historic railroad bridge; Cottage Grove, a historic downtown district; and a bike/walk-only path along the north side of Dorena Lake. From C. H. Bailey House in Roseburg head north to Cottage Grove and the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway

  • See info SPECIFIC to Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway here.
  • Get the Covered Bridges Bikeway map & cue sheet.
  • View the Covered Bridges Bikeway on RideWithGPS.com.
  • Download the Oregon Scenic Bikeway map here.

Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway: For days of jaw-dropping landscape and jam-packed adventure, nothing beats the geologic splendor, fossil beds, and many varied routes on this 161-mile loop (loop and out and back options). Stay at Wilson Ranches Retreat B&B.

  • See info SPECIFIC to the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway here.
  • Get the Painted Hills Bikeway map and cue sheet.
  • View the Painted Hills Bikeway on RideWithGPS.com.
  • Download the Oregon Scenic Bikeway map here.

Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway: Bike past vineyards, dairy farms, and more as you take in the views of the Tualatin River on this moderate 51-mile course that’s very popular with foodies. Stay at The Fulton House.

  • See info SPECIFIC to the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway here.
  • Get the Tualatin Valley Bikeway map and cue sheet.
  • View the Tualatin Valley Bikeway on RideWithGPS.com.
  • Download the Oregon Scenic Bikeway map here.

Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway: Nestled in the fishing hamlet of Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon Coast, this moderate, 61-mile, route lets you finish your trek in a day or break it up into several out-and-back rides. Stay at WildSpring Guest Habitat.

  • See info SPECIFIC to the Wild Rivers Coast Bikeway here.
  • Get the Wild Rivers Coast Bikeway map and cue sheet.
  • View the Wild Rivers Coast Bikeway on RideWithGPS.com.
  • Download the Oregon Scenic Bikeway map here.

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway: Make your own history by cycling the first official Scenic Bikeway in the United States! This 134-mile, one-way, course takes you past vineyards and through quaint towns as you trace the Willamette River. Stay at: Airlie Farm, A’Tuscan Estate, Bella Collina Bed & Breakfast, The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast, C’est la Vie Inn, Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, Franziska Haus B&B, La Bastide Bed and Breakfast, MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast, R.R. Thompson House, The Setting Inn – Willamette Valley, The Willows Bed & Breakfast, Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast, and Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn.

  • See info SPECIFIC to the Willamette Valley Bikeway here.
  • Get the Willamette Valley Bikeway map and cue sheet.
  • View the Willamette Valley Bikeway on RideWithGPS.com.
  • Download the Oregon Scenic Bikeway map here.

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To view more Oregon scenic bikeways visit TravelOregon.com.

Click here for an Oregon scenic bikeways map with all 17 bike routes. For more information on mountain biking in Oregon, click here. You’ll find information on Oregon mountain biking rides in Bend, Ashland, Oakridge, Baker City/La Grande and Mt. Hood.

More seasoned bikers who’d like to experience Oregon by bike from top to bottom? Take the 669-mile Oregon Timber Trail through the Cascade mountain range. Stay at Old Parkdale Inn, listed as a lodging option in the Hood Tier. The trail has organized its rider resources into three sections: Mountain Bike rides, Tier Loops, and Long Distance. Below is information on each.

Best mountain bike rides on the Oregon Timber Trail (aka best MTB rides on the Oregon Timber Trail):

Rides in the Fremont Tier 
Rides in the Willamette Tier
Rides in the Deschutes
Rides in the Hood Tier 

Best Tier Loops on the Oregon Timber Trail:

Fremont Tier 
Willamette Tier
Hood Tier

Best Long Distance on the Oregon Timber Trail:

Gateway Communities
Fremont Tier
Willamette Tier
Deschutes Tier
Hood Tier

If you’d rather bike along the coast, pedal 370-miles along sweeping vistas on the Oregon Coast Bike Route. To see the official Oregon Department Of Transportation map of the Coast Route, click here.


Oregon Biking Resources

Traveling to Oregon with bike? Travel Oregon has detailed information, whether you’re arriving via train or plane. The tourism commission also has information on Oregon bike concierge services, shipping a bike to Oregon, shuttle companies, and public transit. As well as a huge list of Oregon bicycling maps and Oregon guide books by region.

You can also learn all about Oregon bike shops, cool programs like Portland by Cycle where you can explore urban neighborhoods on guided bike tours, or take part on a bike race, regardless of your skill level, through the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. Our inns are doing everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

 

Octopus Tree Heritage Tree

A Wines to Waterfalls to Waves Vacation

Situated between Portland and the Oregon Coast, Tualatin Valley is a welcoming destination with superb wineries, innovative breweries, endless miles of trails for both hiking and biking. Oceanside, Oregon is an idyllic coastal community located along the Three Capes Scenic Loop.

Let us help plan your getaway and a Wines to Waterfalls to Waves vacation.

Many folks visiting Oregon for the first time arrive via the Portland Airport. After being named the most liked airport in the country seven consecutive times, Portland International Airport lost the title of “Best Domestic Airport” to the 2019 runner-up, Indianapolis International Airport. The score difference in their rankings was about an eighth of a point.

Before heading out of this ‘Wines to Waterfalls to Waves Vacation’ let the Fulton House B&B be your home base for a few days exploring the vibrant city of Portland.

The Fulton House Bed and Breakfast, located in Southwest is a distinctive B&B offering four guest rooms, each with private baths. Room for many so maybe ask some friends to join you on this road trip. Bring your bikes or travel by car. Or both. You’ve certainly got options.

Situated in the northern tip of the famed Willamette Valley wine region, Tualatin Valley Wine Country boasts more than 30 estate wineries and tasting rooms, including some of Oregon’s oldest. If Oregon Beer is more to your liking some of Oregon’s best breweries can be found in the Tualatin Valley. Please imbibe responsibly.

By Bike: The Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway extends through friendly downtowns, fertile farmlands and peaceful natural areas.

Oregon Mural Trail
Forest Grove Oregon is Magic Mural

Take the road less traveled to the Oregon Coast

Trees to Seas Byway is Oregon’s newest byway. The drive takes you through Oregon Coast Range forests to the rugged headlands and ocean-side cliffs of the Oregon Coast.

We traveled this route a couple years back in search of Oregon Waterfalls. And we found plenty: Bridge Creek, Stafford, Wilson and University Falls to name a few.

Arriving in Tillamook

After this long scenic drive treat yourself to double scoop of our famous icecream at the Tillamook Creamery. Maybe pick up some gourmet cheese and wine at Blue Heron French Cheese Company to take along as you continue your journey to Oceanside.

Arrive in Oceanside

Enjoy a relaxing and romantic getaway in beautiful Oceanside, Oregon, nestled between Cape Lookout and Cape Meares. Fall asleep to the sound of the surf, and wake up to a delicious hot and hearty breakfast at turtlejanes bed & breakfast, a two room inn,  beautifully appointed with private baths or Thyme & Tide Bed and Breakfast, 2 suites with large private baths and fine linens

Day Excursions from Oceanside Oregon

You might want to plan a couple days at our Oceanside B&Bs and take a few day trips. Three Capes Scenic Drive is a spectacular one with dramatic cliffs, old growth forests, crashing waves, hidden beaches, and historic lighthouses.


Trees to Sea Byway ends at Cape Meares State Park where you’ll find the Cape Meares Lighthouse, the Octopus Tree and the largest Sitka Spruce in Oregon. Follow the Big Spruce Trail to behold this awesome 800 year Oregon Champion Tree

Bonus: for those searching geocaches – Picea Sitchensis Octopoda GC3M4NX and Great Grandma Tree GC1KP5Q

At the northernmost end of Oceanside beach is a tunnel through Maxwell Point. During low tide, the tunnel provides access to Tunnel Beach on the other side. Think tide pooling and hunting for agates.

Tunnel Beach sunset in Oceanside Oregon

So much to do in Oceanside, Oregon:

  • beachcombing, tide pools, clamming, whale watching, bonfires
  • biking, hiking, waterfalls and forests
  • kayaks, canoes, horses
  • lighthouse, museums, wine tasting, brewpubs
  • the list goes on and on

Waterfalls near Oceanside

From Oceanside drive north on Bayshore Drive to Short Beach. There are quite a few steps down to this secluded beach and Larson Falls. Head southeast to Munson Creek Falls State Natural Site and Munson Creek Falls, tallest falls on the Coast Range.

Waterfalls are magical in any season, but visiting in winter is especially invigorating. It may be chilly and wet but the waterfalls are more robust after heavy rainfall.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild recognizes the biking and hiking culture and we have dedicated a Biking and Hiking target page on our website where our innkeepers share biking options near their inns.  You’ll find an Oregon B&B inn waiting for your arrival on your eco friendly journey through Oregon.

Many of our inns are designated as Bike Friendly Business’ through Travel Oregon, that is we must provide at least five services and amenities from their approved list.

Oregon Bed and Breakfasts Welcome You

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places may be lifted by the end of March. Oregon is still requiring masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. Our inns are doing everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Journey Through Time

Journey Through Time Scenic Byway; An Oregon Scenic Byway

Journey Through Time Scenic Byway ‘reveals tales of pioneers, towns boomed and busted, and creatures that wandered this terrain million Journey Through Timeof years ago. The Journey Through Time Scenic Byway stretches 266 miles through north central to eastern Oregon. Beginning in the community of Biggs and ending in Baker City, this Byway meanders through ghost towns and small farming communities that bring the Old West to Life.

‘The ‘Wild and Scenic’ John Day River, North America’s second longest un-dammed river, parallels much of the route, offering excellent rafting, fishing, and camping. Geology buffs, and anyone who’s curious about fossils, will take great pleasure in the interpretive trails at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The monument is made up of three units, one of which is the Painted Hills, recently labeled one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Thanks to Travel Oregon for sharing this information.

You might consider bringing the bikes and trade out 4 wheels for two. The Old West Scenic Bikeway is a rugged piece of the Old West that you can check out, offering different terrains and scenery, from rushing rivers to hot springs to fossil beds and some attention-getting climbs.

Wilson Ranches Retreat in Fossil, Oregon, a member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild provides the perfect accommodations when traveling the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway. The Ranch offers up true Oregon hospitality and an Old West Experience.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Watch for updates as mask restrictions may lift soon under guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon is still requiring masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. This measure is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and went into effect Friday, Aug. 13. 

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. Our inns will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

“Oregon Scenic Bikeways are chosen with cyclists in mind: endearing historic downtowns, breathtaking scenery, and bicycle lanes where possible. Oregon’s first designated scenic bikeway celebrates the Willamette Valley, its people and its splendor.”

And we might add some welcoming Bed and Breakfasts along the 127-mile Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway. The WVSB travels through one of the most diverse agricultural regions on earth, and showcases the sites where Oregon’s history was made”  Thanks to Travel Oregon for creating the only Scenic Bikeway program in our Nation.


“The Willamette River meanders north through the valley, eventually flowing into the Columbia River at Portland, Oregon’s largest city and is home to many of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inns, some urban, some rural.  We can help you plan an Oregon Inn to Inn bike Tour.  Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or short day trips April through November brings drier weather, lots of flowers and warm days, family farms and fruit stands, making them the best months to ride.

Looking for shorter day trips?  Consider an Oregon B&B as your home base, start your day feeling refreshed and ready to ride.  We’ll share with you our favorite scenic backroads, parks, and bike trails near.

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild thinks it’s high time to book your ride through the Willamette Valley, one Inn at a time.  And yes, we can tell you where to stay, park your bike and enjoy our Oregon countryside, sweet downtowns and the best places to dine! 

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, as travel restrictions are being lifted. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Oregon Scenic Bikeways

What better way to social distance than to Bicycle Oregon?

It’s time to get your bikes out of the basement, the shed or garage. Dust the seat off and grab your helmet and you are good to go!

One of the most scenic places in the country to ride bikes, Oregon plays host to cyclists from all over the world every summer. It’s not unusual for some our Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inns to be filled to the brim with bicyclists when the weather is perfect here!

Oregon’s innovative Scenic Bikeways program offers the very best of Oregon’s scenic, historic, natural and cultural experiences for you to explore from the seat of your bike. The website provides the resources you’ll need to plan your bicycling trip.  Some of these trails take you through some of the most beautiful countryside you have ever seen. Small towns, villages, covered bridges, you name it you can experience it on your bike this season!  It’s no surprise that Oregon’s other favorite thing to do, “eating” and sharing their “really good” food is a perk and available along many of the trails found here.  Restaurants and deli’s along the bikes routes are expecting you and we have heard nothing but positive experiences from our cyclists.

Many inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are located along these bike trails too!  Most have storage for your gear, can fill your water bottles, point you in the right direction for pasta to get you through the next day and then send you off with a hearty culinary experience you will not forget!  They’ll even share some of their favorite scenic back roads nearby.

So, plan your trip, pack your bikes and we’ll see you bicycling in Oregon this season!  Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Oregon is one of the top states where it looks like social distancing is working. Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe, welcome you back, as travel restrictions are being lifted. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Oregon Scenic Bikeways

Did you know that Oregon has the only Scenic Bikeway Program in the Nation?  And that many of these have been created by locals and have been ridden and reviewed to provide inspiration for planning a two-wheeled Oregon Cycling Vacation?   And that there is an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn on, or near, almost every one of them that you can use as your base camp?  Or perhaps plan an Inn-to-Inn Ride.

The Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway features varied terrain, generally downhill from Sisters, less than 37 miles, which most cyclists will find most enjoyable.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

A special thanks to Travel Oregon for the work they do to promote Oregon Tourism and for providing this video

McKenzie River Koosah Falls

These Scenic rides/drives can be taking in your car or on your bike. Either way there is an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inn where you can rest your tired bones at either end.  Plan either your two or 4-wheeled vacation in Oregon on one of Oregon’s Scenic Drives in the Central Cascades.

Oregon is the only state in the nation with a Scenic Bikeways program.  These routes were created, inspected, ridden and officially approved by Ride Oregon Ride and those cyclists who have made Oregon a bike friendly state at the head of the pack.

Fall foliage is amazing on these routes though Oregon Central Cascades and you’ll want to hit them before the first snows fall.  I’ve included links for both the McKenzie River Scenic Bikeway and the McKenzie Pass/Santiam Pass Scenic Byway.  Both allow you to start your journey in Sisters, Oregon, at the Long Hollow Ranch before heading over the McKenzie Pass to McKenzie River Round House.  Finish the 82 mile ride by taking the McKenzie Pass/Santiam Pass Scenic Byway back to Sisters.  Lava fields, snowcapped peaks and rushing rivers mark this 82-mile loop around two of Central Oregon’s Cascade Mountain passes.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

oregon wineries

“Oregon Scenic Bikeways are chosen with cyclists in mind: endearing historic downtowns, breathtaking scenery, and bicycle lanes where possible. Oregon’s first designated scenic bikeway celebrates the Willamette Valley, its people and its splendor.”

What better way to experience Oregon’s awesome fall then by traveling the roads less traveled.  Designed with cyclists in mind.  And we might add there are plenty of welcoming Bed and Breakfasts along the 127-mile Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.  The WVSB travels through one of the most diverse agricultural regions on earth, and showcases the sites where Oregon’s history was made”  Thanks to Travel Oregon for creating the only Scenic Bikeway program in our Nation.


“The Willamette River meanders north through the valley, eventually flowing into the Columbia River at Portland, Oregon’s largest city and is home to many of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inns, some urban, some rural.  We can help you plan an Oregon Inn to Inn bike Tour.  Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or short day trips April through November brings drier weather, lots of flowers and warm days, family farms and fruit stands, making them the best months to ride.

Looking for shorter day trips?  Consider an Oregon B&B as your home base, start your day feeling refreshed and ready to ride.  We’ll share with you our favorite scenic backroads, parks, and bike trails near.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.