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Motorcycle Roads Nestucca River Road18   in Oregon Oregon46 Miles

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By AgentYYJ
on November 26, 2013

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Pick up one end at Carlton, just southwest of Portland at SR 47. It starts as NW Meadowlake Rd and after about 11 miles veers to the left and becomes NW Nestucca Access Rd then Nestucca River Rd. Very twisty, absolutely no road signage indicating speeds, corners, etc so you need to be awake as there are recreational vehicles that use this road. About the mid-point right about the Elk Bend Recreation Site there is a 3 mile section of road that is unpaved (at least at the time of my ride in 2011. Road ends at junction of 101 at Beaver, there is a Shell station right at the junction.


This not so well known road travels through fairly dense forest for most of ride, does follow the river most of the way but not very visible.

Road Quality

No road signs and there is a short portion that is unpaved and significant potholes in places.

Roadside Amenities

Nothing along way except one recreation area. Make sure you have a full tank before you start!

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By rdwade55
on July 22, 2017 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year indian

Motorcycle Make chieftain

Motorcycle Type Touring

Absolutely gorgeous road that follows a meandering river for miles and miles. For a TX guy who came to OR and rented a bike this is exactly what I wanted! A beautiful winding tight road thick with trees and no development at all. The road goes to dirt which gave me a scare since I didn't know at the time if it was ever going to join back up with a main/paved road or not. But it did, and I continued around back to Portland the entire way was something I'll never forget!

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By Guest
on June 2, 2014 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki Katana

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Buddy and I just took this one today 6/1/14. Went south to Pacific City for lunch, then back north through Tillamook and home via 6.

This stretch was great. Most of the tight short turns are either labelled with a road sign or you can see through the them, but there are a few blind ones to watch out for. The road is mostly smooth asphalt, but does have a few rough spots.

Starts of off with some great open twisties. Then about a third the way in, you'll hit 2.6 Miles of packed dirt and some loose gravel. We crawled through it around 20mph on a SV650 and a Suzuki Katana. After that it's a great ride, with only two or three more rough patches, less than a mile each.

There was a 'road closed' sign, but we kept going anyway. One of the side roads was in fact closed, but this road was open.

Traffic was light, maybe 6-7 cars the whole stretch, none got in the way.

Great ride. If you're thinking about it, just go do it.

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By tidehome
on February 2, 2014 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

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Great road and wonderful forest scenery although prone to debris in corners. Twisty with a capital T. 2 mile gravel/dirt stretch that is easily navigated on an HD Road Glide and a Yamaha FJR.

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By Guest
on June 23, 2014 1 out of 4 members found this review useful.

1.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Victory Vision

Motorcycle Type Touring

June 21, 2014
For a midwestener recently relocated to the PNW , I soloed a ride from Portland to Carlton, to Blaine and then Oceanside. Kinda suprised when more than halfway on the Upper Nestucca River Rd came a cross a sign that read "PAVEMENT ENDS" doesn't tell you for how long m but its about 2.5 mile aan lot of Potholes but doable if you pay attention and keep it slow

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By Orwhthse
on December 11, 2018 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2018

Motorcycle Make Honda Wing

Motorcycle Type Touring

The river road has been closed during summer, 2018, but opened October, 2018. ODOT says the UNPAVED PORTION will begin to be paved starting JUNE, 2019. The 2018 closures allowed drainage work in prep for paving. My only fear is the paving will bring cages! I love the low traffic-count on this awesome-curvy-gorgeous route to the coast. Enjoy!

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