America's Scenic Byways

South Fork-Alsea River Back Country Byway

11 miles - Allow 30 minutes to drive the byway.

The South Fork Alsea River Byway parallels the South Fork of the Alsea River. The river is lined with wildlife and is full of rapids and pools. Picnicking, hiking, and camping are available at the BLM's Alsea Falls Recreation Site. Even driving in off-road vehicles is permitted in designated areas. If you like to fish, the river is filled with salmon, trout, and steelhead.

The byway is full of things to see and do. In mid-summer to late autumn see the forested hills along the route covered in Douglas fir and brilliant Red Vine Maples. Wildflowers such as columbine, foxglove, and larkspur bloom in the fields during spring and summer. During the winter, pick your Christmas tree here at one of the many Christmas tree nurseries. If you like wine, visit the local winery at the east end of the byway.

Don't worry about food or water while you're here because the byway is near restaurants, drinking water, and comfort stations.