Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Fall foliage is slowly coming to an end Eugene, but some color still remains. Leaves have been steadily falling throughout the week leaving various piles of vegetation scattered throughout town.
After a day exploring, stop by the McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival in Springfield today for fifty craft beers and ciders.
Color is still peaking in some areas of the Oregon Coast. Reds reign supreme in Florence. Coos Bay still has spots of yellow and red, but most of the trees are almost bare. For a vibrant splash of color, head to Gold and Silver Falls State Natural Area off Highway 101, northeast of Coos Bay. Considered the gem of southwest Oregon, the falls are hidden in a dense coastal forest but provides ample scenery surrounding the 100 foot waterfall.
The fall colors are starting to disappear throughout the Willamette Valley. In Benton County, a week of high winds has brought a shower of beautiful colors scattered across the ground. There still remains lovely oranges and reds strewn around the county. Marion and Polk Counties still have an abundance of leaves but they are starting to fade.
If you are looking to enjoy the tail end of foliage, head north of Salem to Willamette Mission State Park, along the Willamette River, which features a series of multi-use trails and the largest black cottonwood in the nation.
The Portland area is at its peak. Go to one of the many parks spread throughout the city and enjoy the combined beauty of urbanization and nature. Head to the Portland Saturday Market this weekend to sample some delicious local food. Follow the trip with a walk along Willamette River down to Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where majestic trees line the river.
Mt. Hood/The Gorge
As snow begins to cover Mt. Hood, the leaves continue to fade in the surrounding area. Winter is coming, so if you are still looking for foliage, avoid the higher elevations.
Multnomah Falls, the nation’s second tallest year-round waterfall, is still surrounded by color. See the rushing water as it falls between the luscious orange and red leaves before it splashes at the bottom.
Fall foliage is just past its peak in this region. Some of the trees are hanging in there. Bend’s Drake Park is a relaxing place to stop and enjoy the scenery within town. The 13 acre expanse alongside Mirror Pond has beautiful willow trees with a brilliant yellow shine and maples abounding with color.
Leaves are starting to fade in Eastern Oregon. There are still superb surprises of spots of color along the Elkhorn and Hells Canyon Scenic Byways. The tamaracks and larches glow along the hillsides. The valley floor is fading fast but, just like the country side, there are areas of late-turning leaves. Walnut and chestnut trees are turning this week to varying shades of amber.
The Rogue Valley is still at its peak with fall foliage blanketing the entire valley floor. The Umpqua Valley is currently at peak with many reds, golds, oranges, and yellows covering the area.
Autumn colors make it a great time of the year to check out the various covered bridges in the region. Southern Oregon has 14 of Oregon’s 50 covered bridges. These magnificent pieces of history perfectly accent the Oregon countryside.