Cow Creek Back Country Byway
Roseburg District | OR
Season Dates: 1/1 - 12/31
NO LONGER A THROUGH ROUTE DUE TO DOUGLAS COMPLEX FIRE-RELATED CLOSURES. The Byway is closed between Union Creek and Middle Creek to all vehicle traffic. Island Creek remains open for day use.
Length: 45.0 miles Time to Allow: 1-2 hours minimum. The Cow Creek Back Country Byway follows lower Cow Creek as it winds its way through the coastal mountains of southwestern Oregon. The road offers an alternate route for travelers from Interstate 5 by forming a loop that begins and ends at mileposts 80 (Glendale) and 103 (Riddle). Along the route are quaint farms and ranches, grand forests, large rock outcroppings, and beautiful spring waterfalls. The byway also follows the original Oregon and California railroad, constructed during the 1870s. Two steel girder bridges built in 1905 are still in use today while Tunnel No.1, built in 1883, is still visible but no longer in use. Depending on the season, you can see a plethora of wildflowers, the bright reds and yellows of autumn and spawning salmon and steelhead. A day-use/picnic area, interpretive stops and a recreational gold panning area afford travelers options to explore the history and beauty of the area.
From the north, take Exit 103 (Riddle) and head west. The byway begins in approximately 5 miles. From the south, take Exit 80 (Glendale) and follow county road 263 to county road 39 and finally county road 164, which becomes the Cow Creek Road.