Swordfern Trail #1404

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Starting at the historic Civilian Conservation Corps Campground Register booth in Rujada Picnic Area, Swordfern Trail travels along the south side of Layng Creek, over a wooden footbridge, through a beautiful forest of second-growth Douglas fir and lush swordfern understory, and down an abandoned logging road until you exit by the host campsite of Rujada Campground. The hardwood trees along the stream are especially beautiful in the fall when their leaves change colors.

Points of interest include evidence of early 1900s logging techniques, such as springboard cuts in 10-12 foot high stumps and small gullies deepened by log skidding.

The trail has options for a 1.6-mile loop or a 2.1-mile loop.

Swordfern Trail - Sign

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/08/2020- Open, but current conditions unknown. Be prepared to navigate downed trees and other potential hazards.
Fees No
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Cottage Grove, OR
Water: Available at Rujada Campground during summer months

General Information


From Cottage Grove, OR, travel east on Row River Road 2400 for 19 miles to the junction of Layng Creek Road 17 and Brice Creek Road 2470. Bear left on Layng Creek Road 17 and continue for 2 miles to Rujada Campground on the right. The trail begins and ends in the day-use picnic area.

The trail is located 19 miles southeast of Cottage Grove, OR.



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  Area/Length : 
2.1 miles

  Elevation : 
1,200 feet - 1,450 feet range