There are countless ways to experience the beauty of Central Oregon, but one of the best ways to see it is from the seat of a bicycle.
Even better is when that bike ride is on a dedicated scenic bikeway that’s relatively car free. The Madras Mountain View Scenic Bikeway in Jefferson County begins and ends in Madras and takes riders on 30 miles of some of the most beautiful land in the region.
The views on this “moderately” strenuous ride are magnificent, with sweeping views of the Cascades, including Mount Hood and Three-Finger jack. You’ll enjoy smooth paved roads with some gravel areas overlooking Cove Palisades State Park and Lake Billy Chinook where wildlife sightings are common. You’ll pass through several small communities, including Culver and Metolius on roads featuring very little traffic. The area’s mild winter makes this a popular ride year round.
This video from Travel Oregon shows off exactly what we’re talking about.