The movie Stand by Me was filmed in the summer of 1985, mostly in the town of Brownsville, Oregon. However the majority of railroad scenes were filmed here in Cottage Grove along the railroad track that went up the Row River – now that railroad track is the Row River Trail, which makes seeing these film locations easy and fun.
If you’d like to experience our local Stand by Me filming locations merely head out the Row River Trail (either by bike or car) to the Mosby Creek Trailhead, where several of the opening scenes were filmed.
Many people are familiar with the railroad bridge across Mosby Creek that the boys crossed at the beginning of their adventure. This railroad bridge is still there and still looks basically the same. It is an extremely short walk from the trailhead parking lot.
However, about a mile further up the trail is the location of the next few scenes in the movie, including these:
While this location was easily recognizable up to a couple of years ago, the addition of trees in the pasture behind the boys means it is quickly changing. The train in this picture is now in Yreka California. However, train #25 which later in the movie chases the boys across the trestle, is pulling passenger trains in Garibaldi, Oregon, as part of the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.
Personally, having spent numerous hours on the Row River Trail, I find watching Stand by Me to always be a treat. It is fun to see locations that are part of our everyday lives on the screen. Even the scenes not filmed along the Row River Trail feel familiar because they were mostly filmed within Lane and Linn Counties.
Logistics: To get to the Mosby Creek Trailhead by car, head east on Main Street, which will turn into Mosby Creek Road. Roughly 2.6 miles out of town, turn left on Layng Road, then left again into the Mosby Creek Trailhead parking lot. Or, from downtown bike out the Row River Trail for 3 miles to the bridge.
* Scenes from Stand by Me are owned by Columbia Pictures.
[Updated September 19, 2015. With thanks to Martin Hansen, in the comments below, who alerted me to an error.]