Autumn is officially here, which means coolers days and colorful trees. While Oregon may be known for its evergreens, deciduous trees make up about 10% of Oregon’s 30 million acres of forests, and these trees are starting to put on quite the show!
Here are some of our favorite spots around Lane County to admire the changing leaves:
Mt. Pisgah Arboretum / Buford Park: No matter what time of year it is, a hike around the 209 acres that make up Mt. Pisgah Arboretum is always a treat. There’s lots to see in this living tree museum, with plenty of wildlife and color-changing oaks. For those wanting a 360 degree view, hike to the 1,530’ summit in Buford Park and take in the array of colors blanketing the Springfield / Eugene area.
(Photo credit: Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah via Facebook)
University of Oregon campus: You are always likely to see an abundance of green and yellow around campus (whether it’s on the students or the trees!), but this time of year you are also bound to see plenty of orange and red among the treetops as well. Start a day of tailgating with a walking tour around campus and enjoy the colors before taking in the game.
(Photo credit: mrgmata via Instagram)
Trans-Cascadia 2016: Cheer on 100 racers in this four-day, 17 stage mountain bike race taking place September 28 – October 3 in the Oakridge area. Plan for extra time on your drive out Highway 58 for a pit stop (and possibly a picnic lunch or round of Frisbee golf) at Dexter Lake to admire the changing landscape.
(Photo credit: doug_oh via Instagram)
Pearl St. in Eugene (and the surrounding downtown area): Take a stroll through downtown Eugene and gawk at the trees (particularly the maples) in fire-tinged shades of red and orange. Pearl St. is particularly beautiful right now, and takes you to the R&R Properties of Eugene office!