Life in Cottage Grove
The first experience most new-comers to Cottage Grove have is that people they don’t yet know will look them in the eye and speak with them on the street. The next observation is the recognition of the quality and diversity of the people that have chosen to settle here. Because the area is so attractive, individuals and families from all over the country have been drawn to the community. From laborers to professionals to artisans, many of these individuals boast accomplished careers and represent a cross-section of the United States in microcosm. In Cottage Grove you’ll find people compatible with you, your business and your family.
Maintaining a high quality of life is essential to the community of Cottage Grove. This is reflected in features such as a local Growers Market, art galleries, Concerts in the Park, numerous neighborhood parks, a 16-mile paved bicycle trail into the mountains, festivals unique to our town and history, historic downtown, and a series of public murals. It is certainly noteworthy that Cottage Grove is the only city in Lane County and one of a small percentage of cities nationwide to twice be awarded the status of All America City. In 2014, Cottage Grove was additionally recognized an Oregon Heritage All-Star Community.
As the Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon, Cottage Grove is home to six covered bridges including the last remaining covered railroad bridge West of the Mississippi River.
In 1998, The Bureau of Land Management converted a portion of abandoned Oregon Pacific & Eastern (OP&E) rail line into a 16.2 mile multi-use trail.
The Main Street commercial historic district of Cottage Grove is the most intact collection of early twentieth century buildings in Lane County.
Cottage Grove is a great place to start your Willamette Valley Wine Country excursion.
Cottage Grove has many opportunities for vacationers, from the hard core mountain bike rider to the camper who wants to sit next to a lake and just relax.
Cottage Grove is a friendly, recreation and family-oriented small town located at the southern end of the Willamette Valley.