Alsea Highway runs a total of 84 miles from the Oregon Coast at Waldport to Lebanon in the central part of the state.
But it’s the 57-mile stretch from Waldport to Philomath that’s the the most scenic and most fun riding.
Denoted as State Highway 34 on the maps, Alsea Highway is named for the Alsea River which it roughly follows through the Siuslaw National Forest. It goes through tiny towns of Tidewater and Alsea, where you find vacation houseboats docked along the banks.
Alsea Falls just a 15 minutes from the town of Alsea if you like to stop for hike, and there are numerous campgrounds within the National Forest.
The road itself winds through the Oregons Coast Range of mountains, offering great views of mountain peaks, canyons, and valleys. You can spot people fishing for chinook and coho salmon along its banks.
Much of the route is easy riding, with wide curves rated at 35-45 MPH. It’s not until you get to the final 6-7 miles of highway, just before reaching Philomath, where you’ll find some tight twisties with signs posted for 15-20 MPH.
If you happen to be riding along the Oregon Coast, and are thinking of heading inland to Corvallis and Albany, don’t take US-20 which is far more congested with trucks and RVs. Take Alsea Highway (OR-34) instead, you’ll find it more scenic and relaxing.