Eugene, Cascades & Coast
The leaves are slowly beginning to turn in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. The first official day of autumn brought rain, but this weekend’s forecast calls for better weather. Grab the family and hit the road. Along the McKenzie River you will see gold in the big leaf maples and other broad leaf trees. It may still be a little wet so take a hike under the canopy that covers the McKenzie River Trail. Any direction you head, you are bound to find one of the more than 50 local farms and produce stands along the way.
Don’t have enough time to make it out of the city? With new students arriving, the Eugene Saturday Market and the University of Oregon will both be teeming with energy. Meander through the vibrant booths of art and farm fresh produce downtown or take in the 3,000+ trees that make the UO campus an arboretum. While on campus, stop by Sunday’s Fall Festival at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
Compete in the World’s Shortest Bike Race, a 13.1 foot (yes, foot) race Sunday at Falling Sky Brewing’s Oak Alley location.
The vine maples along the Oregon Coast have just begun changing colors. Peak is about two weeks away. Hike around Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, where the forest meets the sea. Make your way up Highway 101 to the Tillamook Forest Center where they are holding classes on the Patterns of Nature and Tracking in Tillamook area.
It definitely feels like fall in the Willamette Valley! Small hints of color can be spotted throughout this bountiful region. The tops of the maples have just begun to turn red. Corvallis has been seeing quite a bit of brown due to the dry weather. In Salem, head to Riverfront Park to see early autumn hues. Stop by the Straub Environmental Center this weekend for Nature Art Workshops.
The leaves in the Greater Portland area have just begun showing their fall colors with some drastic changes this past week as the temperatures have dropped. Prior to this week, Portland had been experiencing extremely dry weather, so some leaves have already turned brown. Visit the Portland Farmers Market located at Portland State University to pick up some fresh produce while you’re in the area. Stroll through Mt. Tabor Park for great views of Southeast Portland.
Mt. Hood/ The Gorge
Peak season is a few weeks away in the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge area. Colors have slowly started to change with bits of red and gold peeking out from beneath the green. Get outside and enjoy a nice, family friendly 2.6 mile loop to Horsetail Falls. This hike has views of three different waterfalls and a little bit of Oneonta Gorge.
The leaves are just beginning to change in Central Oregon. The foothills in the Cascade Mountains are a little ahead of the rest of the region with the aspens and maples turning to deep shades of yellow. The high desert to the east of Bend is also beginning to show off some of its vibrant colors. The cool nights and hot days have made for an incredible September. Savor the season and Bend’s booming craft beer scene at the First Annual HOPtoberfest at Worthy Brewing. Other fun events include the Last Saturday Art Walk at Old Ironworks Art District and the Sisters Hop Festival. Those events and more can be found on Visit Bend’s events calendar.
Fall colors are dragging their feet this year in Eastern Oregon, so you have to look hard to find them. Leave the searching to the pros by hopping aboard the Two Rivers Fall Foliage Photography Train on Saturday. This weekend, the charming town of Joseph is celebrating its annual Oregon’s Alpenfest. Enjoy a piece of Oregon’s little Switzerland with polka music, yodeling, alphorns, bratwurst, beer, and wine.
The leaves in Southern Oregon have just started changing into those wonderful yellows and oranges we all love! The temperatures in this area have just begun to drop, so the colors should be changing more drastically within the next couple of weeks. Take a nice, leisurely walk along the South Umpqua River at Stewart Park to experience the best fall colors in Roseburg.