Oregon Designates Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway in John Day River Territory

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission approved the designation of the Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway during its June 14 meeting in Salem. This 33-mile loop winds along the Deschutes River en route to the bikeway’s namesake, Sherar’s Falls. Riders will follow a section of the White River and pass White River Falls State Park, one of Oregon’s secret hideaways, where a short walk leads to views of the river’s 90-foot plunge over a basalt shelf. The Oregon Scenic Bikeway program is a collection of cycling routes designed to inspire people to experience Oregon’s natural beauty and cultural heritage by bicycle. Local bicyclists propose new bikeways and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission designates routes based on scenic quality, road conditions and general riding enjoyment. Once designated, OPRD pays to install directional signs along the route. The Oregon Scenic Bikeways program, launched in 2005, is the first and only of its kind in the United States. Read more about the Oregon Scenic Bikeways.