Description - The OC&E Woods Line State Trail is Oregon's longest linear park. This 100 mile rail-to-trail conversion is built on the old railbed of the Oregon, California and Eastern Railroad (OC&E). The trail is open for all non-motorized recreation, beginning in the heart of Klamath Falls, extending east to Bly and north to the lush Sycan Marsh. From its beginnings as a railroad carrying millions of board feet of timber and railcars loaded with cattle, to its present cargo of recreational trail users, this railroad line has always been on the move.
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OC&E Woods Line State Trail
- This 99-mile trail leads east from Klamath Falls to Bly (65 miles). It then leads 34 miles from Beatty north to Sycan Marsh in the Fremont National Forest.
The trail is paved between the Klamath Falls Trailhead and Highway 39. In this section you can bicycle, jog, skate and ride horseback. Here you'll experience the historic 1898 steel bridge spanning the A Canal and imagine the feel of an old-time steam engine crossing its riveted beams. From Highway 39, an unpaved trail emerges into wonderful mixture of ranch lands, rivers and forested buttes. All the original trestles are still in place, as well as unique engineering feats such as the double switchback.
This trail section is more rugged and attracts mountain bikers, avid hikers, anglers, equestrian users and wildlife watchers. From Beatty to the Sycan Marsh, trail users are in a national forest, with its lofty ponderosa pines, lively steams and Horse Glade Trailhead camping. This section is host to the 400' long Merritt Creek Trestle. Cross-country skiers will be delighted to find snowfall in the area is consistent. Sycan Marsh is an attraction for bird watchers. Exploring the OC&E Woods Line State Trail is always an adventure.
Vital stats: There is no fee to use this park.
Recreation - The OC&E Woods Line State Trail offers great opportunities for hiking, biking, jogging, rollerblading, horseback riding, viewing scenery, viewing wildlife and enjoying nature.
Climate - Climate in this region varies with elevation and from east to west. The western portions of this region experience higher precipitation and more moderate temperatures year-round. The eastern end of this region is much more arid, with warmer summer temperatures and colder winter temperatures. The higher elevations receive abundant winter snowfall which stays on the ground until early summer in the high mountains.
The western trailhead is located off Oregon Highway 39 in Klamath Falls. The trail stretches from Klamath Falls east to Bly, and from Beatty north to Sycan.