Tracking Oregon's Most Beautiful Foliage Hotspots

As we near the end of fall, check out these seasonal wonders while they last—or provide your own tips by calling the Fall Foliage Hotline

By Cari Johnson November 4, 2013

Bird watchers and weather reporters, step aside.

Fall colors are peaking around Oregon, and Travel Lane County is tracking the best areas of vibrant foliage for the public to enjoy. Biologists, forest rangers, and “leaf peepers” have teamed up with Travel Lane to maintain the Oregon Fall Foliage blog and this beautiful Instagram feed throughout the season.

You can become a “leaf peeper” too! Between September and November, tip off the team at the Oregon Fall Foliage Hotline with the latest foliage updates.

1 (800) 547-5445 (Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm and weekends, 10am–6pm)

Tripsters can skim this list for the latest and greatest of the most stunning foliage throughout the state:

  • Meander along the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway and enjoy the meadows, timbered slopes, and arrive in orchard haven in Hood River Valley (apple orchards, anyone?). Make a pit stop in the cozy town of Hood River, and then wind along the Historic Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway to see the vibrant deciduous trees against native firs.
  • Crystal-clear water meets colorful foliage at Crater Lake. Vibrant aspen trees are blushing throughout the area, while the water reflects the red glow of the flora waterline.
  • Headed southwest? Twist along the Rogue River through Grants Pass and soak up towering horizons that are burning with layers of color.
  • Head south along I-5, where golden and red-toned maples line the 60-miles of the McKenzie River. Travelers can get another nature fix in Eugene along the Willamette River via the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail System. Stroll, jog, bike – or simply swim in the array of fall foliage.

Which fall foliage hotspots are we missing? Let us know in the comments below!

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