As September heralds in fall, the very early beginnings of color change are showing themselves in Oregon. Though most of the state is still green, grey days are setting the fall mood around here and we are looking forward to watching the colors change. We expect the colors to start showing in the next two-three weeks. We anticipate being at or near peak earlier this year than in years past, likely the first or second week of October.

Check out this cool fall heat map to see predictions of color change across the country and use it to time your trip to see Oregon’s Fall Foliage!

In anticipation of fall, here are a few of our favorite spots and shots from last year:

Peek through the fall foliage and discover waterfalls in Oregon! Pictured here is Koosah Falls, located near Sahalie Falls, on the McKenzie Highway between Eugene and Bend. We recommend starting at Sahalie, which features a large parking lot and accessible trails. From there, the hike down to Koosah is 2.6 miles.

Despite being an urban city, the Portland area is a great place to see fall colors. This picture was taken last year, just as fall colors began popping up on trees all over the city. If you’re looking for something less urban in the area, head out to the Columbia River Gorge for stunning views and tons of color!

Central Oregon is typically early to fall due it’s higher elevation. The aspens develop vivid colors every year. The city of Sisters is a great place to see fall foliage while shopping, or head to Pilot Butte for a 360 view of forest, city, and the Cascades.

Oregon is full of scenic byways and beautiful roads. Keep an eye out for changing leaves as you wind through the trees on your way to your destination – after all, the journey is half the fun!

Falling Into November

Happy November! Fall is peaking through lower elevations and moving past peak in some higher elevation areas. With a few weeks left to get out and see the last of the fall color all over Oregon, make sure you’re following #ORFallFoliage on Instagram to see the best Oregon has to offer.

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Fall Colors near Mount Hood last week from Jarrod Lyman

If you’re in Portland head to the Hoyt Arboretum or the Japanese Garden for fall trees and check out the Festival de dia de Muertos. On November 3rd, check out the Cider Fest in Independence, just outside Salem. OR, head on over to Eugene and check out the colors along the Willamette River and Alton Baker Park.

If you want something a little different head to Cottage Grove and mix some covered bridges with your fall foliage. In Medford they are seeing many shades of red, orange, and yellow from the leaves falling to the ground, just in time for the 14th Annual Brews and Boogie.

No matter where you find yourself in this beautiful state, you can still experience fall.

Watch out next week for our top photos of Fall recap post! For fall foliage updates on our hotline, call 800-547-5445 and follow our Instagram for any additional updates at @orfallfoliage. Don’t forget to tag us in any of your lingering Oregon fall foliage photos!

A huge thanks to all the leaf reporters for a great fall foliage season and keep following along on Instagram as we recap the season and gear up for next fall!


Catch Oregon Fall Colors Now!

Hey, Fall Foliage followers! There are lots of ways to see fall all over the state of Oregon and lot of spooky events happening all around. After you spend the day viewing the leaves there are plenty of events to check out, from spooky to fall harvest to all things pumpkin.

Willamette Valley

Salem and Eugene are in peak, and are also starting to see some of the trees lose their leaves. Once you enjoy a stroll around seeing all the fall foliage, head to one of the great Halloween or harvest events happening throughout.


Trees showing color in Amity from Irene Bernards

Scarousel Bash– Salem, October 27th– Salem’s Riverfront Carousel will host its annual Scarousel Bash. The event will feature carousel rides, themed activities and prizes.

Stayton Ghost Tour and Chocolate Walk, Stayton, October 27th, A guide in Victorian costume will share the history and stories of Stayton. Participants will receive chocolate treats from each of the stops along the way. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Halloween Coffin Races, Eugene, October 27th, The City of Eugene is putting on an inaugural Halloween-themed Soapbox Derby, with coffins set to race down Shelton McMurphey Blvd on the south side of Skinner Butte. The road will transform into a ghoulish racetrack full of fierce competition.

Greater Portland

Portland’s fall is nearing peak. It’s a beautiful time to spend some time in Portland. The yellow and red is appearing along the waterfront and the foggy mornings are rolling in. All-in-all, a great time to walk around the city, check out the nearby Hoyt Arboretum, and then head to one of the many festive events happening this week.

Killer Pumpkin Festival, Portland, October 27th, Rouge Eastside Pub and Pilot brewery, Pumpkin beers by independent brewers will be on every tap at Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery for the 2018 Killer Pumpkin Festival, part of Brewpublic’s Killer Pumpkin Week.

Tombstone Trick or Treat, Portland, October 27th, Lone fir Cemetery, Tombstone Trick or Treat is a free, family-friendly Halloween trick-or-treat party.

Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge

Mt.Hood is in full peak, lots of gold, red, and orange colors. Take a drive on Lolo Pass Road, or a hike through the Mt. Hood National Forest. After a day of exploring the fall foliage, head to Philip Foster Haunted Farm for some Halloween fun!

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Vine Maples at Mount Hood by Jarrod Lyman

Philip Foster Haunted Farm, Eagle Creek, Oct 27th, The pioneers may not have celebrated Halloween, but there are spooky stories to be told at Philip Foster Farm. Learn about some of the ghostly characters of Eagle Creek’s past. 6-8pm. $5/person or $20/family.

Southern Oregon

Medford is in peak, full of red, orange, and golden yellow colors. A great weekend for a hike to the three waterfalls, Pearsony Falls, Mill Creek falls, and Barr Creek falls, all within a mile from each other. Another great way to see the fall colors is to enjoy the drive south on Highway 62.

Central Oregon

Bend may be past peak in their fall foliage, but there’s still plenty to do and see in Drake Park. Check out some of there great events happening this weekend.

Scaregrounds Haunted Houses– Redmond, Reoccurring, opening this weekend, Featuring three different haunting experiences, recommended for ages 12 and up,

Worthy Brewing’s Dance of the Dead, Bend, October 26th, Live music by Lyrics Born, Local DJ’s, and day of the dead themed décor, food carts, and award-winning beer.