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541.484.5307 · 800.547.5445 ·
Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s

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About Oakridge / Westfir, Oregon

Mountain Biking Tire Mountain Trail, Oakridge by Norman CoyerOakridge is known as the "The Mountain Biking Capital of the Northwest," with hundreds of miles of world class mountain biking trails accessible year-round, gold-level "Ride Center" status by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and an enthusiastic mountain biking community.

The Jewel of A City in The Mountains

Surrounded by large swaths of the Willamette National Forest, the area's wooded terrain sparkles with many lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. Salt Creek Falls tumbles 286 feet (87m), the second highest waterfall in Oregon after Multnomah Falls. Waldo Lake is Oregon's second largest lake (the largest is Crater Lake) and one of the world's purest. On Waldo's pristine waters motor use is restricted to electric motors only; 10 m.p.h. or less.

Greenwater Park, Oakridge in FallDuring the summer drive or ride the scenic Aufderheide Highway (Road 19) connecting the Oakridge/Westfir area with the McKenzie River corridor further north. On this scenic road cruise through old growth forest, breathe in the rejuvenating mountain air, and relish small town explorations at either end of each 70 mile (112.65 km) leg.

Less then an hour from Eugene - Springfield, this mountain town on Highway 58 is en-route to the Willamette Pass Resort ski area with a six-passenger lift that whisks you to the summit in the Cascade Mountains.

The town is also host to many events from culinary festivals to mountain biking tours. Above the fog and below the snow, Oakridge offers a memorable journey into the heart of the Cascades.

Oakridge/Westfir History

Around 1888 this area was a corridor for pioneers called "Big Prairie" and then "Hazeldell." The community was eventually recognized as "Oakridge" in 1912. Early on, the railroad played an important role in Oakridge's economic development and supported the growth of logging.

Office Covered Bridge by Jeff GreenAdjacent Oakridge, Westfir sprang up as a Western Lumber "company town" in 1923. The lumber company changed hands several times becoming Westfir Lumber Company, Blythe and Company, and finally Edwards Hines Lumber Company. The historic Office Covered Bridge, Oregon's longest covered bridge, was built across the North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River to connect the Westfir Lumber Company mill to the office (now a bed and breakfast).

In 1948, the Pope and Talbot Timber company operated a sawmill in Oakridge. Once considered the heart of the timber empire, Oakridge's economy faltered after the industry collapse in the early 80s. The two local saw mills were both shut down by 1985. 

Today, outdoor enthusiasts have remade the area into a hot spot of their own. Oakridge has become the watering-hole for big adventures with comfortable lodging, a popular local brewery, and headquarters for guides and equipment rentals. There is even a local golf course and airport. And the locals want to see you! Many front line staff have undergone certification to participate in the We Speak Oakridge program, a community effort to share insider area knowledge with visitors.

Westfir is now known as a "Quiet Little Town in a Beautiful Place." Discover the inspiring beauty and endless recreational opportunities all around Oakridge/Westfir.