OC&E Woods Line State Trail

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OC&E Woods Line State Trail, stretching more than 100 miles in south-central Oregon, is one of the longest rail-trails in the country. Most of the trail follows the former Oregon, California, and Eastern (OC&E) Railroad that supported the region’s timber industry and dates back to the early 1900s. Southern Pacific and Burlington Northern later jointly operated the line for nearly fifty years, but the railroad fell into disuse in the 1980s and the corridor became the property of Oregon Parks and Recreation in 1992.

A good place to begin your journey is at the trail’s western terminus in Klamath Falls, the largest community along the route. As you follow the paved route southeast, you’ll travel from busy shopping and residential areas to peaceful, open countryside, reaching the rural suburb of Olene after 8 miles.

The remainder of the trail is unpaved and well suited for wide-tired bicycles, cross-country skis and horses. From Olene, the trail heads northeast, through quiet pastoral lands with views of mountains in the distance, reaching Beatty after about 40 miles. Along the way, you’ll skirt the community of Dairy, ascend the foothills of Bly Mountain, then drop down into the fertile Sprague River Valley.

At Beatty, the trail splits. One branch heads north about 46 miles through Fremont National Forest to Sycan Marsh (a terrific spot for bird watching) and beyond to Thompson Reservoir. It’s along this stretch that you’ll find the spectacular Merritt Creek Trestle, which is 400 feet long and 50 feet high. The other branch of the trail heads east through wide open lands for about 15 miles to the small town Bly.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available, from west to east, at:

  • Klamath Falls Trailhead (Crosby Avenue and Avalon Street)
  • Wiard Park (has restrooms)
  • Rt. 39 Trailhead
  • Pine Grove Trailhead (has restrooms)
  • Switchback Trailhead (within Fremont National Forest; offers restrooms and camping)
  • Sycan Siding Trailhead
  • Bly Trailhead
  • Horse Glade Trailhead (has restrooms)

Reviews

pretty but...

   June, 2014 by mayre

We spent a night in Klamath Falls and thought it would be nice to take our recumbents on the path to olene and back. Wrong. Didn't make it as far as olene because we couldn't stand the jarring bumps from the ruts in the trail every 10 to 50 feet read more

Homedale, Madison to Hwy 39 Klamath Falls, O.C. & E Trail

   June, 2014 by rebkey52

I enjoy the trail but believe it needs improvement. 1. Benches every 1 miles, older people that use the trail need support in someway. 2. Outdoor fitness equipment made of wood, most city parks have them. People that run and exercise use these to ...read more

Hometown, yet under explored.

   January, 2014 by carmenza

I have ridden paved sections of the OC&E numerous times. It is my intention as I become a stronger rider to complete this trail in it's entirety...most likely not all at once. That type of detail does not matter to me The (roughly) downtown Klamath ...read more