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  • Writer's pictureMeghana Gowda

Best Places to catch Fall Foliage in Oregon

Updated: Oct 13, 2023

Autumn has started and we are entering the time of the year where days are getting shorter, cool weather, and the changing tree colors around. Now is the perfect time to see the beauty of fall foliage in most places around the world, and it's the peak in Oregon.

Oregon is a beautiful place to enjoy the fall foliage. The rows of bright yellow, red, and orange trees welcome us to the state. The lush green rainforest during autumn is a treat to the eyes. The time of changing leaves differs every year. The best time to visit Oregon for fall foliage is from mid-October to Early November. The colors peak during late October.

If you are looking for the best spots to catch fall colors in Oregon, then here it is;

Historic Columbia River Highway

The Historic Columbia River Highway is a 75-mile scenic highway in Oregon. The highway from Troutdale to Hood River is the most scenic and popular. The Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area has a beautiful tunnel of bright yellow maple trees amid the luscious forest. The Area is also a waterfall's paradise and Fall colors brighten up the waterfalls during the Autumn. You can drive along the byway to enjoy the views and many waterfalls and viewpoints to stop. Park in the designated parking lot and enjoy the scenery. There is also a transit service called Waterfall Trolley that takes tourists to every waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area.

Multnomah Falls

The most photographed and visited waterfall in Oregon. Fall is the perfect time to visit the waterfalls. The rain makes the waterfalls rush down making it flow fuller. The scenic golden maples frame the surrounding cliffs and make the falls beautiful. It is usually busy on weekends, So try to go there early or on weekdays.

Wahclella Falls

A beautiful and less crowded waterfalls along the Historic Columbia River Highway in Oregon. The hike is moderate, it's easy in the beginning and gets narrow and steep when approaching the falls. The trailhead is beautiful in the autumn, the golden and orange maple forms a scenic loop of the waterfalls along the creek.

You cannot find a route to the falls on Google Maps, instead search for the Wahclella Falls trail, this takes you to the parking lot of the falls trailhead.

Silver Falls State Park

The Silver Falls State Park is the Crown Jewel of Oregon. The whole park is an epic place for fall foliage. Trail of Ten Falls is the notable spot where you can hike a loop of 7.2 miles between the South and North Falls trailheads. As the name says, there are 10 breathtaking waterfalls in the loop along a rocky canyon, in a densely forested landscape. In Autumn the waterfalls and scenic hikes are more magical. I couldn't do a complete 7.2-mile loop hike, took another trail back after seven waterfalls. You can also make the fall foliage trip more beautiful by staying in the campground or any cozy cabins in the Park. We camped in the park surrounded by artistic tall trees and fall foliage with the creek behind.

Lower South falls

Middle North Falls

Hoyt Arboretum

Hoyt Arboretum is an ideal place to experience fall foliage in Portland. Strolling through a thick carpet of fallen leaves, vibrant hues of gold, orange, and red surrounding make a pleasant visit. It is 12 miles of trail, and you can see the arboretum shining in fall colors. Maple Wildwood Loop has very impressive fall colors.

Forest Park

Portland's Forest Park is the largest urban park in the USA. During autumn the park is filled with vibrant fall colors which is a sight to behold. The Wildwood trail which connects Washington Park is a must-see if you want to catch sight of fall foliage.

Pittock Mansion

Portland's historic city landmark Pittock Mansion is stunning during Fall. The property has a wonderfully landscaped garden, also providing panoramic views of the city's fall colors and Cascade range. I went for sunrise, it was a foggy morning, and I couldn't get a perfect view.

Northwest Portland

Northwest Portland 23rd Ave is a densely populated commercial district famous for dining and entertainment. The streets are lined up with pretty bright yellow and golden deciduous trees. You can stroll on the streets of falling leaves with a cup of a hot sweet drink or enjoy it from inside a cozy cafe. I went during the night, and even then the colors were popping.

Other Places in Portland to see Fall Foliage are Portland Japanese Garden, Washington Park, and Portland Riverfront.

Thank you for Reading. I hope this helps to plan your fall trip to Oregon. If you have any questions leave a comment.

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