Forecasting Oregon’s Fall Foliage

Hello Fans of Fall!

Welcome to Oregon’s Fall Foliage Hotline for 2018. We’ll be starting our seasonal reports in the coming weeks as color just starts to change, so subscribe to the blog here and keep on the lookout for updates.

Before the season arrives, we had our annual check-in with KEZI Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn to get a better idea of what to expect, and learn about a few of her Fall favorites from the Eugene/Springfield area of Oregon.

Ready to plan your trip? Find Fall ideas here.

Read below for Marisa’s forecast, and visit the blog in early September for the first reports of the season!

Can you tell us a bit about how color change happens?

The color of leaves changes due to the shortening days and cooler temperatures in fall.

Plant cells rapidly divide at the base of a leaf but don’t expand, which causes a blockage to form between the leaf and the stem. This blockage stops the transport of nutrients and minerals to the leaf to produce chlorophyll, the natural chemical the gives a leaf its green color, slows and eventually stops.

Is color change different at higher or lower elevations?

Color change happens faster at higher elevation because daytime and overnight temperatures get cooler faster in the fall season.

When would you expect the color shift to start in Oregon this year? 

The colors will start to change at the higher elevations in early October. Down into the valleys, the colors will start to change by mid to late October. 

What are your favorite spots to see color change?

My favorite spots to see fall colors are at Armitage Park, right by the McKenzie River, Alton Baker Park, and on the University of Oregon campus.

Do you have a favorite fall activity?

My favorite fall activity is to go apple picking. I love being out in the crisp fall air, sipping cider, eating some apple pie, while searching for the perfect apples.

Thanks, Marisa!

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Throwing back to 2017’s Fall Foliage at Eugene’s Maurie Jacobs Park. Photo from Deigh Bates

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Fall Foliage Report 11/10/2017

As Oregon’s Fall season comes to an end and the robust colors fade and are replaced with fresh snow, this may very well be your last chance this year to bask in the wonders of Fall.

 

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Salem’s River Front Park via Travel Salem

Willamette Valley

If you are on the fence of Fall leaving and the Holidays approaching, Garland Nursery’s Annual Holiday Open House is this weekend. Located near Corvallis, their gorgeous gardens are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

In Salem, stroll along Riverfront Park and catch the last shades of yellow and orange this season.  Embracing the holidays, Deepwood Museum and Gardens is hosting a holiday gift sale November 10th and 11th.

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Sweet Cheeks via Instagram sweetcheekswinery

In Eugene, embrace the rain at Mt. Pisgah’s Play in the Rain event this Saturday, November 11th. This free family friendly event will include activities like tree-climbing, nature crafts, hikes, and hay rides.

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Hendricks Park via Instagram klaaksobeddow

 

Central Oregon

Fall might be drawing to a close in Bend, but this weekend you can make the most of the fallen leaves and run in the Bend Ale Run! This half marathon and 10k offers sweeping views of the Cascade Mountain Range and runs on tree lined city streets. At the end, enjoy over 40 beers on tap and great music!

Oregon Fall Foliage Update – 11/3/2017

Welcome to the latest Oregon Fall Foliage Update. We are seeing an increase in reports of fallen leaves throughout the state. But Fall color is still in the trees this week! Read all about the local events happening this weekend down below

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Portland fall

Fall in Portland streets – by instagrammer marytanguay

Willamette Valley

Corvallis is still swimming in bright colors as the leaves begin to fall.  Enjoy campus walks or strolls along the river while the season lasts.  It won’t for much longer!  The Corvallis Farmers Market, located on 1st street, is still going strong. Check it out from 9am-1pm.

Silver Falls

Silver Falls looking golden – by instagrammer e.samwell

Eugene is also starting to see it’s leaves fall.  Take a walk along the popular Steve Prefontaine Trail, park of the Alton Baker Park complex, and feel secluded in the woodland trees.

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The Ruth Bascom Trail in autumn shades – by instagrammer adrenajeanne

Southern Oregon

Medford and Southern Oregon are still rolling in the peak of fall foliage. Check out the golden yellow, vibrant oranges, and dark reds. Doing so has never been easier, take part in some local events. The Ashland Culinary Festival and Lithia Loop Trail Marathon are both this weekend.

DANCIN Vineyards is looking particularly gorgeous in this fall color, also the back roads of Medford (set course towards Jacksonville) rank as local favorites.

Central Oregon

Central Oregon continues to have sunny skies, but cold nights, so the leaves are starting to fall here, with a few exceptions.  Drake Park near downtown Bend, and Shevlin Park, on the west side of town, still are beautiful.  There are so many leaves in Drake Park, that parents have been with rakes creating huge piles for their children to jump into!

First Friday Art Walk takes place this Friday, November 3rd, in downtown Bend and at the Old Mill District.  Events this weekend include the Wildfire Ceramic Showcase, Children’s Pop-Up Museum, SledFilm 18 at the Tower Theatre, Happy Girls Sisters Half Marathon, live theater, comedy and music.  You can link in to see these events on our calendar at https://www.visitbend.com/things-to-do/bend_oregon_events_calendar/.