The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon) announce the designation of a new Scenic Bikeway along the wide-open, low-traffic roads of northeastern Oregon. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission formally approved the new designation yesterday. This addition brings the total number of bikeways to nine, furthering Oregon’s position as a premier cycling destination.
The 134-mile Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway leads riders under a scented canopy of Ponderosa pine forests, past stunning views of the Blue Mountains and the Wallowa Mountains and across sweeping sagebrush rangelands near La Grande and Baker City. The bikeway, which covers sections of the original Oregon Trail, offers cycling opportunities for all abilities. Whether adventurers seek a challenging destination ride or prefer to break up the route into leisurely segments, the trail runs near quaint communities with all of the amenities needed to make a trip fun, comfortable and memorable.
The Oregon state scenic bikeway program is the first and only program of its kind and was launched in 2010 with the 132-mile Willamette Valley State Scenic Bikeway. Eight have been added since, and three more are currently in development. The program, which now includes more than 700 miles of designated scenic bikeways, is a partnership between Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
For information on Oregon’s scenic bikeways, detailed maps, route descriptions and itinerary ideas visit rideoregonride.com/inspiration/scenic-bikeways. To learn more about the program go to oregonscenicbikeways.org.