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3.6 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.6
5 Reviews

Nestucca River Road

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By AgentYYJ (10 McR Points) on Nov 25, 2013

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rdwade55
2 McR Points
July 22, 2017
Absolutely gorgeous road that follows a…
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Guest
June 1, 2014
Buddy and I just took this one today 6/1/14. Went…
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Written Directions

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.

Scenery

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.

Drive Enjoyment

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

Tourism Opportunities

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

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rdwade55
July 22, 2017
2 McR Points
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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Guest
June 1, 2014
0 McR Points
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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tidehome
February 1, 2014
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Other
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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