Independence is at the center of cycling culture in Oregon. Less crowded than the cities of Portland and Seattle, the wide-open country roads and low elevation that surround Polk County make adventuring easy all year round. With a diverse network of paths and trails to pick from, you can choose your own adventure each day of your visit and still return home with more to see on your next trip.
The hotel welcomes bikers with wash stations outside the hotel, a place in every room to store your bike, and a 24-hour bike workroom just off our lobby with tools. Frequently the host for races and cycling events, we welcome bikers and are pleased to work with your group on specials and packages.
Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway
The 134-mile Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, the first “scenic bikeway” of its kind in the U.S., is a true gem, winding through scenic farm land, offering breathtaking views and many stops for beer, wine and fresh food. Independence is a popular stop on the trail and a great place to stay overnight if you are doing multiple day trek, or to use as home base for shorter roundtrip segments.
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Blackrock Mountain Bike Park
Blackrock is a real treat for Mountain Bikers and a great place to unleash your inner freerider, play with gravity and catch some air. The Park includes a trail system ranging from intermediate to expert. The creativity, expertise and passion that trail builders have put into Blackrock is what makes it an incredible experience. Expect a ride that’s big on jumps, ladders, coasters and fun! Don’t forget your pads and bring your sense of adventure.
Eola Hills Wine Cellar – Wine Country Rides
Nearby, Eola Hills Wine Cellars with genius started Bike Oregon Wine Country (BOWC) in 1997! These fully supported and guided tours take cyclists along scenic backcountry roads, stopping for wine tasting along the way and concluding with a celebratory salmon barbecue feast, live music and wine tasting at their heritage estate winery in Rickreall. Rides are led by Eola Hills’ adventure-loving staff. And cyclists of all abilities are welcome. Short and long loops vary in difficulty, from easy to challenging, and range between 30-70 miles. Support vehicles offer a lift when needed and also serve as a carrier for any bottle purchases along the way!
Minto-Brown Island Park
Located on Salem’s waterfront, a short 20 minute drive from the hotel, Minto-Brown Island Park spreads out over 1,200 acres of lush, open, and wooded areas.
Bike any of the 29 miles of trail that make up nine loops through wooded paths with bird and wildlife viewing and river views. You can also access Riverfront Park via the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge. Riverfront park connects to Wallace Marine Park by the Union Street Railroad Bridge.
Need to rent a bike for this ride? The nearby shop Bike Peddler is a great option and conveniently located near the Park for easy pick up and return.