Welcome to the high season! Parts of Oregon are officially experiencing peak this week. Check out the update on spots we’ve heard are popping below, and follow along on #ORFallFoliage to keep up with the color change!
The Aufderheide Scenic Drive (Forest Service Road 19) is open! Enjoy this fall foliage packed 60-mile drive connecting Rainbow and Westfir. If starting on the McKenzie River side, make sure to full up on gas at the nearby Blue Sky Market.
Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s Oregon Ash trees are at peak with the lime green fading into lemon yellows. Stay tuned for the Big-leaf Maple which should be turning any time now. Enjoy all these colors by walking the Riverbank Trail at the Arboretum. This weekend check out their Scarecrow Building and Pumpkin Carving Workshop.
Also in Eugene, Maurie Jacobs Park has some beautiful leaves starting to fall along the Ruth Bascom Bike Path.
Corvallis is enjoying tons of brilliant red and orange blazes, mixed in with some remaining green and a bit of gold and brown right now. Hit the back roads for a color tour and head up Mary’s Peak before the snow closes the road for the year. Philomath Open Studios (http://www.philomathopenstudios.com/) this weekend and next – tour the back roads around Philomath, see some gorgeous color as you drive, and check out the art studios of working artists. You can meet the artists, tour their workspaces, and listen to them discuss their processes.
The Medford area is almost to peak level of fall foliage. Hit the local hiking trails to see the dark reds and golden yellows, Table Rock, Fir Glade Trail or Barr Creek Falls would all be excellent choices!
Running Y Ranch Resort near Klamath Falls has some amazing color shining though the leaves this week. Walk around the beautiful Moore Park or enjoy a round of golf at the resort.
Bend is still glowing in fall colors, head over to Shevlin Park to bask in the aspens!
This weekend only, experience the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta! This yearly event sees costumed contestants hitting the water in their 1,000 pound pumpkin boats! More free family fun is happening on the sidelines. Enjoy a costume contest, live music, face painting, and a pie eating contest just to name a few things. Located just 13 miles (21 km) southwest of downtown Portland, Tualatin is a great starting point for an autumn adventure in the Willamette Valley.