Oregon Fall Foliage Update 9/19/2014

McKenzie Hwy 242, image credit: Karen Roberts

McKenzie Hwy 242, image credit: Karen Roberts

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Fall colors are just starting to appear in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. The vine maples in the lava flow up on the high elevations of Highway 126 and Old McKenzie Highway 242 are the best bet for visitors this week. The striking contrast of the colors against the deep charcoal lava on Highway 242 and the glow of early fall yellows along the Covered Bridge Tour Route and Scenic Bikeway in Cottage Grove make this region a photographers dream this week. Don’t miss the Oregon Covered Bridge Festival in Cottage Grove on Friday and Saturday.

Note – Some trail closures are still in effect near Oakridge due to the Deception Creek Fire. Check the Willamette National Forest website for current conditions. The trails in the McKenzie Ranger District are open and in great condition.

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Oregon Fall Foliage Update 9/12/2014

Hwy 242 near Dee Wright Observatory

Hwy 242 near Dee Wright Observatory

Our fabulous fall colors just landed us on the Huffington Post’s 5 Best Places to See the Leaves Change Color this Fall! The mention gets us even more excited for what’s to come in the next few weeks. The sweet summer sun continues to blanket Oregon in above-average temperatures, delaying the onset of the transformation. Weekend forecasts call for high winds, and a Red Flag Advisory is in effect through Sunday night from Portland south through the Willamette Valley and the Cascade Mountains. Check with TripCheck before you go to avoid travel delays.
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The only thing better than an Oregon summer is an Oregon fall

It’s hard to beat summers in Oregon – long, sun shiny days spent rafting the rivers, cruising the dunes, building sandcastles on the beach, wine tasting, and exploring Oregon’s incredible natural destinations deemed the Seven Wonders of Oregon.

The only thing better than an Oregon summer is an Oregon fall. THIS is when our state beams with greatness. Those long, warm days linger, but the crisp air moves in, transforming our forests, coastline and wine country with golden flashes and pomegranate reds. Familiar hikes are taken to unfamiliar heights with new splashes of Mother Nature’s autumn pallet sprinkled throughout the trails.

King Estate by Rachell Coe

King Estate by Rachell Coe

Fall is truly the time to explore Oregon. And the Oregon Fall Foliage Blog will make sure you know where to go and when to be there.

Starting Labor Day weekend, we’ll post weekly updates from our leaf reporters stationed around the state. We’ll give you ideas for scenic drives, hikes and events for both the outdoor adventurer and the culinarian. You can call also call the Oregon Fall Foliage hotline at 800.547.5445 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Help us tell the story of the changing seasons. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook for photos of the day. Use the #ORFallFoliage hashtag and we may share your posts with our followers.

Don’t forget to check out our Fall Deals while planning your trip.