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. The Independence Riverview Park is mere steps away from the hotel and runs parallel to the Willamette River providing beautiful scenery for any length of ride. The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway—the first scenic bikeway designated in the United States—passes right through Independence, extending a hundred and thirty-four miles with loops as short as thirteen. With such 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. Just ten miles from Independence, Black Rock Mountain Bike Park offers an array of levels for mountain bikers, including various events and competitions. If you’re visiting in August, every Sunday Eola Hills Wine Cellars provides a “Bike Oregon Wine Country” tour, including tastings at multiple wineries, sightseeing historical points of interest, a ferry ride across the Willamette River and a gourmet BBQ to finish.
Finally, if you’re here in June, be sure not to miss Joyride, an annual daylong celebration of women and bikes! Independence has been selected to host this year on June 22nd, 2019. With short, medium, long and various gravel options, it’s accessible for any level of biker. The ride itself is ladies only but don’t worry men, you are still encouraged to volunteer! After the ride, stay for the party which includes locally sourced food and drinks along with live music and dancing.