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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!
Salt Creek Sno-Park is popular for sledding and tubing and is a maintained Snowplay Area. It features a tubing hill cleared of trees and a vault toliet. Nearby 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 >>
Beach day use with paved parking and direct pedestrian beach access. Great for beachcombing, horseback riding and hiking. Stagecoach Trailhead includes the accessible MORE >>
The Siuslaw National Forest offers several public campgrounds, from Reedsport to Waldport, and in Hebo. Also available are a visitor center, hiking trails and MORE >>
Situated along the Willamette River with panoramic views of Eugene. At RiverPlay Discovery Village Playground children can scale a play replica of Skinner Butte, uncover MORE >>
Easy beach access, recommended for beach combing, sunbathing and whale watching. Hunt for agates at Tenmile Creek to the north. Enjoy the sunset along the shoreline. 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 >>
Now a dry fall, the basin is filled from underground, resulting in a dazzling clear pool of amazing colors. The water is very cold. Be careful on the steep cliffs MORE >>
A short hike to six natural pools in a gorgeous waterfall setting under shady trees. Day use only, strictly enforced by the Forest Service. Nudity is not permitted in the MORE >>