Alsea Backcountry Byway

About the Alsea Backcountry Byway

This scenic paved road travels between the towns of Alsea (on the west side) and Alpine (on the east side) (see map). The Alsea Falls Recreation Site is about equidistant from both towns. The western half of the byway follows the South Fork of the Alsea River. This is an out-and-back route on the western half of the byway, from Alsea to Alsea Falls. The route is 19 miles, with 1150' of climbing, and is 100% paved.

Essential information

Starting location: Alsea (see location). Parking is available along Main Street.

Distance & drive time (from downtown Corvallis): 24 miles; 34 minutes

RWGPS route: 19 miles; +1150'; 100% paved.

Highlights: The magical South Fork of the Alsea River (particularly when the salmon are spawning) and Alsea Falls.

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Places on the route

Alsea (see location)

Alsea Backcountry Byway. See: Alsea Backcountry Byway (by Grant McOmie for Travel Oregon)

Alsea Falls Area

South Fork of the Alsea River (see video of salmon spawning in the river)

Related routes

Alsea Falls Gravel Loop

12 miles; +1000'; 81% unpaved

South Mountain Road

19 miles; +1650'; 29% unpaved