This “roller-coaster” ride starts and ends at River Forks Park in Roseburg, Oregon. The park is a large day-use-only facility and is located at the confluence of the North and South Branches of the Umpqua River with restrooms, pavilions, picnic areas, playgrounds, disk golf and golf course, ball fields, sand volleyball and multi-use paths. There is a fee for parking. Right next door is the Master Gardener’s Discovery Garden.
This ride is one of our favorites, but a bit more difficult because of hill climbs than some on the Cycle Umpqua website.
After leaving River Forks Park, you head north to the little town of Wilbur, Oregon and turn east on North Bank Road towards Glide, Oregon. North Bank Road climbs, dips, and winds with great views of the river, ranches, and nearby Cascade hills. Take a look at the madrone (red-barked tree) and oak-savanna character of the area, along with the broad expanses of grasslands and pastures.
At Glide, just over the bridge, turn left on Route 138 and pedal to Colliding Rivers, where the North Umpqua and Little Rivers meet head-on, the only place in the world where this happens. The Colliding Rivers interpretive area and overlook will be on the left (restrooms available). The Forest Service North Umpqua Ranger District office and Exploration Center, run by the Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History, is right next door to the Colliding Rivers overlook. If you are hungry or need refreshments, you can detour further east and enter Glide where services are available.
After leaving Glide, you pedal a short distance on Little River Road and then turn west on Buckhorn Rd. These roads offer a good riding surface generally, but a couple of substantial hills on Buckhorn may challenge you. The ride travels through farm- and ranch-land and takes you to the little crossroads of Dixonville where there is a country store. The remainder of the trip means traveling along some beautiful and scenic country roads into Roseburg where many services are available. Colorful kiosks on Jackson and Main Streets can provide you with information about restaurants, coffee shops, brewpubs, and other businesses in The Heart of Roseburg. Also available in Roseburg are bike service and repair businesses: Canyon Creek Bicycles and Waldron’s Outdoor Sports.
To get to River Forks Park, you take Oregon I-5 Exit 125 and turn West onto Garden Valley Road. Go West about 5 miles passing the Grange and the Roseburg Country Club and then, after crossing the North Umpqua River, turn left on Old Garden Valley Road. Go about a mile and see the signs on your left to River Forks Park.