The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway - Oregon’s first designated scenic bikeway – begins at Champoeg State Heritage Area and winds through the Salem region, taking cyclists through verdant vineyards and lush farmland, with plenty of opportunities to stop at bike-friendly wineries, brewpubs and parks along the way. Or, choose one of the Mid-Willamette Valley’s many other road cycling routes, which range from easy to challenging and encourage riders to explore historic covered bridges, ferries, charming downtown areas and more. Mountain biking enthusiasts will not want to miss the wooden skinnies, ladders and jumps found at Blackrock Mountain Biking Area near Falls City.
On Your Feet
Did you know that Salem is home to a connected park system with a combined acreage that’s larger than Central Park in New York City? The Peter Courtney Minto Island Pedestrian Bridge links Minto-Brown Island Park to Salem’s Riverfront Park - which is linked to Wallace Marine Park via the Union Street Pedestrian Bridge – making it possible to explore more than 30 miles of trails within the Salem city limits. Near Dallas, the Rich Guadagno Memorial Trail Loop offers an easy, one-mile loop that serves as a great family trek through Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. Oregon is known for its waterfall hikes and the Salem region offers a number of them. Head to Shellburg Road in the Santiam State Forest, where you can view both Upper and Lower Shellburg Falls. Hike the entire 4.1-mile loop and you’ll also see Stassel Falls. Near Monmouth, the Luckiamute Landing is a moderately trafficked 3.8-mile loop great for all skill levels.