Oregon Fall Foliage Update 9/26/2014

Near Mt. Hood by wahkeenaphotos via Instagram

Near Mt. Hood by wahkeenaphotos via Instagram

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.

Oregon Coast
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.
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The only thing better than an Oregon summer is an Oregon fall

It’s hard to beat summers in Oregon – long, sun shiny days spent rafting the rivers, cruising the dunes, building sandcastles on the beach, wine tasting, and exploring Oregon’s incredible natural destinations deemed the Seven Wonders of Oregon.

The only thing better than an Oregon summer is an Oregon fall. THIS is when our state beams with greatness. Those long, warm days linger, but the crisp air moves in, transforming our forests, coastline and wine country with golden flashes and pomegranate reds. Familiar hikes are taken to unfamiliar heights with new splashes of Mother Nature’s autumn pallet sprinkled throughout the trails.

King Estate by Rachell Coe

King Estate by Rachell Coe

Fall is truly the time to explore Oregon. And the Oregon Fall Foliage Blog will make sure you know where to go and when to be there.

Starting Labor Day weekend, we’ll post weekly updates from our leaf reporters stationed around the state. We’ll give you ideas for scenic drives, hikes and events for both the outdoor adventurer and the culinarian. You can call also call the Oregon Fall Foliage hotline at 800.547.5445 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Help us tell the story of the changing seasons. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook for photos of the day. Use the #ORFallFoliage hashtag and we may share your posts with our followers.

Don’t forget to check out our Fall Deals while planning your trip.

Fall Colors are Just Around the Corner

We are less than a month away from the official start of the 2013 Oregon Fall Foliage season. Beginning Labor Day 2013, we’ll post weekly updates on the how the leaves are changing around the state.

A vineyard along the Vineyard and Valley Tour Route

A vineyard along the Vineyard and Valley Tour Route

In the meantime, check out some great posts from previous years. Read about our favorite fall hikes. Find out why Oregon Wine Country shines during the fall. Search for scenic fall foliage on one of our favorite fall drives.

Check out the most frequently asked questions about Oregon Fall Foliage on our FAQ page.sweet-creek-trailJoin the leaf peeping fun by sending us your favorite fall pictures. Get the kids involved. We’re always looking for junior leaf reporters.

And if you have a great fall adventure idea, e-mail us at media@eugenecascadescoast.org.