Explore Your Backyard on Wheels During Bike Travel Weekend. “Bike Travel Weekend” returns June 3-5, 2022
Created by the Adventure Cycling Association, “Bike Travel Weekend” (June 3-5, 2022) inspires cyclists to explore the world on two wheels. As one of the best cycling destinations in Oregon, Tualatin Valley is the perfect place to spend Bike Travel Weekend.
Tualatin Valley boasts hundreds of miles of trails that are ideal for cyclists. Breeze through the region’s forests, along country roads and through parks and other pathways.
The newest trail to open in the region is the Chehalem Ridge Nature Park (oregonmetro.gov), a 1,250-acre nature park with 10 miles of multi-use trails for off-road cycling, as well as hiking and horseback riding. The Park is home to multiple habitats, including upland forests, oak woodlands and wetlands. At the highest point of the park, view the Tualatin Valley and Coast Range, see wildflowers, listen to birds, or simply sit and appreciate the land.
The 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail (stateparks.oregon.gov), which was completed more than a decade ago, was the first “rails-to-trails” linear state park built in Oregon. This multi-use trail is open to cyclists, hikers and horseback riders, and allows outdoor adventurers of all abilities to enjoy the verdant scenery. The trail includes many scenic points, including two 700-foot long, 80-foot-high railroad trestles and 13 bridges.
The Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway (tualatinvalley.org) is a 50-mile, state designated route through the valley’s lush agricultural and forested lands. The first 30 miles are routed around the Tualatin Valley’s small towns and agricultural lands. The final stretch of the bikeway takes riders along the car-free Banks-Vernonia State Trail. Intermediate and advanced riders love not only this scenic bike trail, but also the intriguing spots along the way, such as Oak Knoll Winery, Blizzard Wines, Unger Farms and more.
Many miles of bike trails—road, gravel and car-free paths—are ready to be pedaled year-round, and not just during Bike Travel Weekend! Visit tualatinvalley.org/cycling for a list and interactive maps of cycling trails throughout the region.
Visit tualatinvalley.org for a list of places to see out wildflowers in Washington County. Share your flowery finds with the #tualatinvalley hashtag.