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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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.