Spend a weekend spinning your wheels in Tualatin Valley
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. From urban trails connecting cities to rural paths in the forest, there is no shortage of places to take the road less traveled.
Here are some of our picks for the best cycling routes in Tualatin Valley.
Chehalem Ridge Nature Park The views are spectacular at the new Chehalem Ridge Nature Park, which opened last July. This 1,250-acre nature park has 10 miles of bikeable trails, and is home to multiple habitats, including upland forests, oak woodlands and wetlands. At the highest point of the park, visitors can view the Tualatin Valley and Coast Range, see wildflowers, listen to birds, or simply sit and appreciate the land still known as the Outside Place (Chehalem) by the Atfalati people (also known as the Tualatin Kalapuya).
Banks-Vernonia State Trail The 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail was the first “rails-to-trails” linear state park built in Oregon. This multi-use trail includes many scenic points, including two 700-foot long, 80-foot-high railroad trestles and 13 bridges. The trail also has restrooms and picnic areas, and at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, cyclists can camp overnight.
Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway The Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway 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. Stop at Oak Knoll Winery and Blizzard Wines and sample wines or visit Duyck’s Peachy-Pig Farm or Unger Farms and Farm Store for fresh-picked produce. Quilt barns, quaint shops, restaurants and bike shops also are located along this picturesque route.
Henry Hagg Lake Situated in Scoggins Valley Park, Henry Hagg Lake is one of the Tualatin Valley’s gems. This man-made lake is a summertime respite, complete with fishing, swimming, boating, stand-up paddleboarding, and a host of water recreation opportunities.
Cyclists also are attracted to the lake for its 25 miles of road cycling. This challenging route starts in the city of Forest Grove, and takes cyclists through beautiful, green farmlands and around the peaceful Hagg Lake, which is surrounded by mountains.
Explore our paved and gravel rides and download routes directly to your phone. Learn more at tualatinvalley.org.