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Outdoor enthusiasts love Oregon for its treasure trove of amazing natural wonders and the abundance of easily-accessible forests, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, mountain vistas and ocean coastline. Natural preserves, nature trails and observatories are common and eco-inspired travelers can discover nature in its pristine and spectacular grandeur throughout the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region.
Hike beneath towering 500-year-old trees on the Delta Old Growth Nature Trail, or get a new perspective on forests by climbing 200 feet up into the old growth tree canopy on a guided tree-top tour! Bird watchers will appreciate the nature trails around the Delta Ponds or the West Eugene Wetlands.
Take a summer gondola ride up to the top of Eagle Peak for a stunning view of the Cascades-- the athletically-inclined can mountain bike or hike back down. At Clear Lake, row a boat above a petrified forest visible beneath 100 feet of water. Cycle the McKenzie Pass - Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway (closed to cars during the cold season) to the Dee Wright Observatory at the summit, then hike through 1,500 year old lava flows.
Venture across North America's most expansive coastal sand dunes, driving over 500 foot-high dunes in an off-highway vehicle (eco-friendly guided tours reccommended). Visit America's largest sea cave, home to many bellowing sea lions. Oregon Coast scuba divers can observe crabs and octopus at Oregon's first official dive park off Florence's North Jetty. And the stunningly beautiful Cape Perpetua is a great destination for whale watching or storm watching.
On an RV trip or have some leisure time? Drive the scenic byways of the Pacific coast or the Cascade Mountains. Grab your camera to capture spring wildflowers, colorful fall foliage or wildlife. Year-round natural adventures await you!
Fan shaped Diamond Creek falls drops 70-90 feet (21-27 m) and tiered Lower Falls drops 200-500 feet (61-76 m). To view the falls follow Diamond Creek Falls Trail #3598 MORE >>
Falls 80-120 feet (24-37 m) over an abrupt lava cap to the waiting pool below. Take Highway 126, turn left at Ice Cap Campground, then to a small parking area. MORE >>
Day Use Fee Area/Northwest Forest Pass. A true sense of deep-forest solitude and mountain beauty is found at Proxy Falls. Travel along the 1+ mile (1.6 km) loop trail MORE >>
Sahalie Falls plunges 100 feet (30 m) over a lava dam and then tumbles 40 feet (12 m) in a series of cascades. The Sahalie Falls viewpoint is wheelchair accessible. MORE >>
Salmon Creek Falls is a small 5-10 foot (1.5-3 m) drop in the creek. The day use area makes a great spot for picnicking and kayaking. Take Highway 58 to Salmon Creek MORE >>
Day Use Fee Area/Northwest Forest Pass. Oregon's second-highest waterfall, Salt Creek Falls is a popular place for visitors to explore. Viewing platforms are MORE >>
At Siuslaw bridge in Mapleton, leave Highway 126 and go south on Sweet Creek Road. A beautiful 11-mile (18-km) drive will take you to the first trailhead. Eleven MORE >>
Enjoy this scenic 60-foot waterfall nestled in a moss-covered rock grotto surrounded by a towering old-growth forest. A moderate .6 mile (1 km) narrow, meandering MORE >>