It’s a stunning week for fall color here in Oregon! Green shades in the trees are being replaced with vivid hues of red, yellow, and orange. As the cooler weather slips in, towns all across the state are preparing harvest festivals and holiday festivities. Whether you want to drive a misty back road, hike though changing trees, or find the perfect pumpkin; we have something for you.
- It’s a great time of the year to just walk around downtown Salem, visit stores, try new restaurants, tour the Capitol grounds and explore the historic district. You’ll see plenty of color along the way. While you are at it, check out the harvest festivals in the Marion/Polk County area. Hike around Minot Brown Island Park in Salem to experience what fall as to offer. Almost every tree has started to turn this week, with some vibrant shades of yellow and red.
- Visit Corvallis and Tour the OSU campus! Lots of beautiful reds right now. You can find plenty of lovely fall color in the Riverfront Commemorative Park along First Street. Note: Oct. 14 also marks homecoming for the university and its 150th anniversary!
- In Eugene walk around the downtown area and bask in the trees lining the streets, or get above the city and count the changing trees from Spencer’s Butte. Saturday and Sunday are perfect days to ride a bike along the Ruth Bascom River Path.
- Now is the time to drive up HWY 58 and catch fall colors in the vicinity of Oakridge/Westfir area. A few highlights to see at this time are Salt Creek Falls and Waldo Lake. For the off-pavement type – a trip up to Blair Lake or Huckleberry Lookout is warranted. The maples are turning yellow, but the vine maples are the real star. They can turn orange, red and/or yellow. Please note that Forest Service Roads are not maintained for winter use and you may find snow at the higher elevations.
The Portland Japanese Garden welcomed in fall color this week. Also, Hoyt Arboretum exploded with fiery reds and yellows. For a trail with a view, check out Forest Park’s system of trails. After you are done, head over to Sauvie Island and walk through the Maize at the Pumpkin Patch.
Medford is almost to peak fall colors. This weekend check out the many hues of red, orange and yellows by visiting the local wineries or stop by a pumpkin patch. Enjoy the great outdoors with a hike along the Metolius River.
Smith Rock State Park is a beautiful place to be right now, enjoy the passing stream and gaze out onto the fall colors.
With temperatures at or below freezing this past week, Bend has seen changes in the fall foliage around town. Some trees are at their peak, some are just beginning, while a few are losing their leaves with the windy conditions today. Bend is receiving some smoke from the wildfires in Northern California. But, it doesn’t detract from the lovely fall foliage.