Bikes, Birds, and Brews
Cycle the Mid-Willamette Valley’s portion of the historic Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.
The Salem stretch of the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway offers its own special charm, taking cyclists past farm markets bursting with berries, hop fields, vineyards, wineries and even a wildlife refuge.
The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway — the first official scenic bikeway in the United States — follows its namesake river
as it winds through the Valley, past beautiful fields and farmland, through charming burgs and historic downtowns.
The Salem portion of the Bikeway starts at Champoeg State Heritage Area, where you can park your car or camp overnight in a tent, cozy cabin or yurt the day before your journey. The 35-mile stretch from Champoeg to the city of Salem meanders along mostly flat, scenic country roads.
As you enter Salem, be sure to stop at EZ Orchards Farm Market, where they serve up smoothies, shakes and shortcake, made with berries fresh from the farm. As you cycle towards downtown, you’ll pass the historic Oregon State Capitol grounds, filled with fragrant roses and bright rhododendrons that bloom throughout the summer.
For a hearty meal in downtown Salem featuring fresh ingredients, try Bo & Vine Burger Bar, Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails or Taproot Lounge. To make it a leisurely two-day trip, stay overnight at the Century House B&B – a beautifully restored turn-of-the-century home located just a ½ mile off the Bikeway in the heart of town.
As you leave town heading south, you’ll find Ankeny Wildlife Refuge, a 2,492-acre wetland and haven for migratory birds and other wildlife. At nearby Ankeny Vineyards, enjoy a glass of estate grown wine and a slice of wood-fired pizza.