America's Scenic Byways

Nestucca River Back Country Byway

48 miles - Allow 1 1/2 hours to drive the byway.

Follow the Nestucca River through a wooded canyon. The river has been designated an Oregon State Scenic Waterway. The canyon is lined with weathered cliffs made of seafloor sandstones and basalts. The walls are covered by lichens, worts, and mosses. The woods lining the canyon is a temperate rain forest because it rains 120 inches annually. The area is considered one of the richest biomasses in the world.

Places to picnic and camp are currently available. More recreational facilities are planned to follow.