Fall Drives, Walks and Trails in Oregon

The wonders of Fall are just around the corner! To help you prepare for your journey, we wanted to offer a few drives to reach each region, and fall trails to discover in Oregon. Follow along and watch for our first update of Fall when the season hits this September!

Willamette Valley

Where cityscapes and wide open fields meet, walk or ride around one of the numerous city parks throughout the Willamette Valley. Dotted along the I-5 corridor, venture just outside metro areas to see rushing rivers and raging colors.  Alton Baker Park in the heart of Eugene has a dedicated bike path on both sides of the Willamette River; escape on the trail and chase the falling leaves along the way! Or, enjoy a walk along the newly opened Mill Race Path in Springfield and marvel at the changing hills in the distance.

University of Oregon (Autzen, Fall), Eugene, by Paul Currier - November 2011

A look at Eugene in the Fall from Paul Currier

Greater Portland

Get above the city at Hoyt Arboretum and walk along the Wildwood or Hawthorn Trail. As a seasonal highlight, the scarlet shades are sure to amaze. Another amazing park located near park, the Portland Japanese Garden stands out as a place for tranquility, reflecting, and stunning fall colors. Alternately, get a taste for the city by picking a cup of coffee and walking along one of the last sections of the Willamette River at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Pearl District by bryangeli 11.02.2014

Portland’s Pearl District by Instagrammer bryangeli

 

Southern Oregon

Everyone needs to see Crater Lake! Oregon’s only National Park, Crater Lake changes with the seasons and during Fall comes alive with reds and yellows, a sharp contrast to the deep blue of the lake. Enjoy the drive along either highway 138 or 62 to add to the fall foliage colors.

Lithia Park in Ashland, by Graham Lewis 10.17.2014

Lithia Park in Ashland by Graham Lewis

Central Oregon

Check out Bend’s Drake Park and see twice the fall foliage in the aptly named Mirror Pond.  While in the area, hop on a bike and peddle Mount Washington Drive, enjoy the sun on your back and view the street lined with changing leaves.  If you are looking to leave the city, check out Deschutes River Hike accessible from the Meadow Day Use Area.

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Leaves dropping downtown from Visit Bend

Eastern Oregon

In Baker County enjoy the views at the Leo Adler Memorial Parkway this biking and walking trail is lined with trees known to go scarlet red with fall colors.  For a scenic ride look no further than Old Highway 30 and watch the Elkhorns turn bright yellow. Of course, no trip to Eastern Oregon would be complete without gazing on the painted hills with their year round shades of Autumn.

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Elkhorn Scenic Byway by Base Camp Baker

Oregon Coast

There isn’t a better spot to see both beautiful foliage and views of the Pacific Ocean than along Oregon’s coast line.  With 363 miles of public land, cruise highway 101 to enjoy ocean side attractions on one side and view the changing colors on the other. Stop in at Cape Perpetua and grab a stunning view of both!

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Color change in Hebo from the Siuslaw Forest Service

Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge is known for spectacular fall foliage. Enjoy the drive along Interstate 84 and view the ever-popular Multnomah Falls. Enjoy some Oregon History by visiting the Vista house and driving along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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