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Marci Sischo | 04/28/2023 | Archived

Enjoy National Bike Month in Corvallis

The League of American Bicyclists has ranked Oregon as the most bicycle-friendly state on the West Coast, as well as the second most bicycle-friendly state in America. Corvallis is also a gold-level bicycle-friendly community in Oregon, according to the League of American Bicyclists, and Oregon State University is a gold-level bicycle-friendly university. So if you're looking for a place to enjoy National Bike Month, it's right here in Corvallis and Benton County.

Benton County is packed full of hundreds of acres of natural areas and parks, and those natural areas and parks are ribboned with trails - many of them multi-use and excellent for biking. We have trails of all difficulty levels, whether you're looking for easy rides or something more challenging. And no matter which trails you choose, you'll get to spend your ride surrounded by amazing views and gorgeous backcountry scenery.

Corvallis boasts bike lanes on most of its city streets, so if you'd rather explore town than nature, you'll have a great time doing that, too. You'll find it easy to bike around town, from shop to museum to art gallery to restaurant and back again. And if you decide you've biked far enough for one day but still need to get back to your hotel, you can take Corvallis transit - with your bike! Our city buses have bike racks.

Don't have a bike, or forgot to bring one with you? No worries - you can rent one while you're here.

Visitors can pop into our visitors center for some biking information and a bike map, or you can download maps and more right here. Be sure to read up a bit on mountain biking around the Corvallis area, too. 

If you get the itch to travel further afield, Corvallis is not only a great on-ramp to the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, which runs along the Willamette River from Champoeg State Park north of Salem to Armitage Park near Eugene, but also the eastern terminus on the Corvallis-To-The-Sea Trail, a 62-mile trail through the Coast Range that runs from Corvallis to Ona Beach, by Newport.

1. Biking the Marys Peak Climb

Marys Peak is an amazing place for anyone who likes to get outdoors, but for dedicated road cyclists, a ride to the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range is a bucket list event.

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This ride is a serious challenge that ends in amazing views at the top of Marys Peak. Come prepared for a long uphill ride!

2. Visiting Local Wineries by Bike

Wineries make great cycling destinations and the Corvallis area offers some diverse locations for those who prefer to pedal their way to some fine wine.

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Visit Corvallis doesn't recommend drinking and cycling. We suggest biking to these locations to enjoy the scenery and scope things out for a return trip with a  designated driver.

3. Exploring Alsea Falls by Bicycle

With so many quiet back roads and scenic vistas throughout Benton County, it’s easy to create a memorable cycling route of your own in any direction. As you consider which way to go, give serious thought to visiting Alsea Falls, which offers a gorgeous ride to the location, as well as excellent biking withing the Recreation Area.

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Alsea Falls offers some excellent trails for mountain biking, courtesy of Team Dirt. Plus there's two beautiful waterfalls to check out while you're there.

4. See Covered Bridges in Corvallis by Bicycle

Covered bridges are standing reminders of times past when people traveled at a slower pace, when the journey could be as interesting as the destination. The same holds true when seeking out Benton County’s three covered bridges on bikes.

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Three beautiful bike rides will take you to see three beautiful and historic covered bridges. Irish Bend is easiest to get to, Harris Bridge is near excellent wineries, and Hayden Bridge offers some riding down the Marys Peak to Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

5. Cycling Downtown Corvallis & the Riverfront Commemorative Park

One of the great things about Corvallis is that it's highly bike-able, and exploring Corvallis' downtown area by bike is a great option.

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Exploring downtown Corvallis by bike is a great way to tour our locally-owned shops, find great restaurants, and browse art galleries and museums.

6. Exploring the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge by Bicycle

The William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge makes our list of cycling wonders for three reasons: low-traffic gravel roads, open spaces and wonderful wildlife.

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Cycling Finley NWR is a great way to add birdwatching and wildlife watching to your bike ride. You may spot Canadian geese, Roosevelt elk, bald eagles, any of thousands of different bird species, and plenty of other wildlife.

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