The southern Willamette Valley is filled with pockets of quiet beauty. The rolling hills, the lush fields, the clear rivers…made all the more special when an intrepid explorer comes upon one of Oregon’s many covered bridges. Cottage Grove, the “Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon,” has six of these bridges near the city, all distinct and all captivating. Get some of the best glimpses of the landscape by biking the Row River Trail, which also shows off a couple of those covered bridges. The trail was once a railroad track, made famous in the 1986 movie Stand By Me, particularly the section crossing Mosby Creek, familiar from the opening of the movie. The historic theme continues in central Cottage Grove, which features impressive murals decorating the well preserved buildings.