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It's back to school with Duck football and Oregon's beautiful fall foliage.
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!
Oregon Fall Foliage
Oregon is known for its bright 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. 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.
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!
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 viewing. Jake Mahon's Guide Service offers "Sip n' Float" tours which includes enjoying great local wine from the comfort of a couch as you float down the river. Yep, a couch.
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.
Mount Pisgah is a beautiful hiking destination just right for fall adventures. Or climb the ridgeline trails to Spencer Butte for 360 degree valley views awash in autumn splendor.
Bikeways & Byways
Oregon is the first state with official scenic bikeways! Cruise paved paths and low traffic roads around lakes, through historic covered bridges and past vineyards.
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.
Oregon Bounty is celebrates locally grown, raised and produced food. Oregon is known for hazelnuts, berries, mushrooms, salmon, seafood, grapes and grains. This is the time of year for picking wine grapes and hops.
Harvest festivals abound and farms open their operations to the public for u-pick, corn and hay mazes, tractor rides and petting zoos.
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!
More Fall Fun
- As you wait for the first snow, sharpen your boarding skills on Florence's sand dunes
- Grab your GPS and take a GeoTour from Oregon Coast to the Cascades, discovering geocaches in some pretty amazing locations
- Sip coffee and thumb through a local newspaper in an ultra-cool bakery
- Linger in a local art museum
- Charter a crabbing boat on the Oregon Coast or fish the McKenzie River in its namesake drift boat
- Taste craft beer along the Eugene Ale Trail