|Did you know the University of Oregon campus is a living arboretum with over 500 types of trees? Stroll the leafy campus, awash in Duck greens and yellows, with the occasional glimpse of Beaver orange. Those trees really know how to show their Oregon spirit! ||
Athletes and fans can partake in many fall sports events
across the region, from football to fun runs.
Oregon Fall Foliage
| || ||Oregon is known for its fiery colors set against a backdrop of dark evergreen. In 2012, Fodor's included the Willamette Valley in its recommended ten "Great Fall Foliage Trips Across the Country." |
Also in 2012, Conde Nast Traveler's blog credited the McKenzie River region with the most visual variety in its top-five picks for fall foliage in the Northwest.
|In a typical year leaves peak mid-October depending on elevation. Due to current weather patterns, an earlier color shift is predicted for 2013. |
Track the progression of colors across the state on our Oregon Fall Foliage blog and share your colorful fall snapshots and own leaf-spotting tips. Kids can also participate as Junior Leaf Reporters.
Explore Oregon's autumn glory in a new way. Here's how: immerse yourself in the evergreen old growth tree canopy by climbing up 200 ft on a guided tree-climbing expedition. From this high vantage point, scan the forest for patches of startling color. Or get a close up look at fall by boat, horseback or bicycle!
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Fall Floats & Boats
|Imagine drifting down the river like a leaf... oh, the joy of the journey! |
Rafting trips and scenic jet boat rides continue through the autumn months, offering even more dazzle now that the riverbanks are lined with colorful trees. As the seasons change, so does the wildlife.
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| || ||Don a splash guard and charge the rapids on the McKenzie River, or enjoy the wind in your face from the comfort of a jet boat skimming up the Willamette River. |
In Historic Old Town Florence, embark on a riverboat tour of the Siuslaw River. Customized kayaking tours of local water trails can take you deep into the wetlands.
Horse Trails & Hikes
|Kick up the leaves while enjoying the fresh mountain air. Ride horses on the equestrian trails at Elijah Bistrow State Park or along the back country roads through Oregon Wine Country. Guided horseback tours are offered on private ranch land in the Cascade mountains. On the coast, saddle up for a beach ride. Trot along the ocean's edge as the sun sets. || || |
Mount Pisgah is an unspoilt hiking
destination just right for fall adventures. Or hike the ridgeline trails to Spencer Butte for 360 degree valley views awash in autumn splendor. In the Cascades, dive deep into the forest along the Delta Old Growth Grove Nature Trail.
Bikeways & Byways
Oregon is the first state with official scenic bikeways
! Cruise paved paths and low traffic roads. In Cottage Grove, the Row River National Recreation Trail loops around a lake and through several historic covered bridges. Combine this ride with visits to local winery tasting rooms.
| || ||Up in the Cascades, the McKenzie River area is renowned for eye-popping color. Mountain bikers relish the lush McKenzie River Trail, 26 miles of riverfront single-track deep in the evergreen forest. Take a break at Belknap Hot Springs, then tackle the scenic Aufderheide roadway which links to Oakridge, a mountain biking destination brimming with breathtaking trails. |
If rolling on four or more wheels is your style, chase the changing color on Oregon's scenic byways
from the higher elevations to the valleys, staying at RV-friendly
campgrounds. Along the way spot waterfalls, covered bridges and dramatically different landscapes from lava rock to pine forests to valley vineyards. Drive Hwy 126 from the mountains to the coast, then follow the shoreline along Hwy 101.
|The Willamette Valley's abundance is celebrated in the fall with spectacular culinary events, gatherings and opportunities to tour local farms. |
Oregon Bounty is a statewide program that highlights locally grown, raised and produced food. The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is known for hazelnuts, berries, mushrooms, salmon, seafood, wine grapes and hops.
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| || ||Pick a pumpkin for Halloween, gather local ingredients at a local farmers' market for a farm-to-table Thanksgiving, or chop down your own Christmas tree! Local festivities include corn mazes, hayrides, hot cider and petting zoos. |
With so many award-winning restaurants offering seasonal, Northwest-inspired cuisine, fall is a perfect time to savor the season.
More Fall Fun
A variety of seasonal activities and events will help you celebrate fall to the fullest. Here are just a few more ideas to get you started:
- Charter a crabbing boat on the Oregon Coast or fish the McKenzie River in its namesake drift boat