Travel Lane County
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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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Cascade Mountains

Prepare to be awed by nature. The magnificent Cascades span the eastern most boundary of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region bedecked in old growth forests, wildflower fields, lava rock landscapes and sparkling waterways. Explore the Umpqua and Willamette National Forests, crowned by Diamond Peak and the South, Middle and North Sisters.

Wonders of the Forest by Rick Faber

This year-round recreational paradise is only an hour from the Eugene - Springfield metro area. Popular outdoor pursuits include hiking, mountain biking, rafting and fishing. In winter, the Cascades serve up a veritable smorgasbord of snow sports. With hot springs bubbling up, wild mushrooms for foraging, rumors of Sasquatch (Big Foot) and spectacular vistas around every turn, the Cascades are a guaranteed adventure.

Waldo Lake Canoe by Skye Ten Eyck

Exploring the Mountains

McKenzie River has over two hundred years of traceable history. At Clear Lake peer down at petrified forest beneath the still water, or gaze up into the old growth tree canopy in the J.H. Andrews Experimental Forest.

Dee Wright Observatory Highway 242 by Cari SoongConnecting the communities of the McKenzie River and Oakridge/Westfir is the Aufderheide, a segment of the West Cascades Scenic Byway. Oakridge is a former logging community adjacent magnificent mountain biking and hiking trails and just below the winter snowline, making it an ideal year-round base camp for many outdoor adventures. 

Cascade Highlights

Swim in one of the purest lakes in the world.

Hike or bike the MRT as it hugs 26 miles (43 km) of riverbank.

Gaze upon the shimmering blues of this enchanting spring-fed pool.

Hike to the bottom of the second tallest waterfall in Oregon.

Amid the lava fields, discover this unique landmark and mountain peak observatory.

Cruise one of mountain bikers' favorite scenic singletrack trails.

Touch the trail from two easily-accessed Cascade trailheads.

This gushing waterfall is a spectacular side stop.