The Row RiverTrail is a 15.6 mile (one way) multi-use trail that accommodatesbicyclists, hikers and horses, though I think cyclists probably use itthemost. It starts in downtown Cottage Grove and the route followsthe path of a former rail line which was started in 1902. The trail ispaved and varies from 8 to 10 feet wide. It wasconverted to trail use and is managed by the Bureau Of Land Management. It is pronounced 'row' as is 'cow'. The name originatesfrom a land dispute or 'row' in the 1850's.
This pictureshows the Row River Trail
crossing over Mosby Creek.
While thebeginning of the trail is in downtown Cottage Grove, the tour of thetrail begins at the Mosby Creek Trail head, some three mileseast. Here a small park has restrooms and water. Youcan pick up a free trail brochure from the trail/park hosts. Manyprefer to start their ride on the trail from this point. Myfriend Bill and I started from this point. Since the trail is onaformer railway line the grade doesn't exceed 5%.
Dorena Dam as seeen from
Row River Rd. The trail islocated just below and
in the trees.
Dorena Lake and Damphotographed
from a point adjacent to the trail.
In the picture you can see a park bench which of one ofmany along the trail.
|Thisphoto of Dorena Lake, |
with the dam in the background
was taken from another vantage point alongthe trail
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