Plan a Fall Adventure Exploring Oregon’s Covered Bridges

The picturesque fall getaway of your dreams comes true in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Fall color blooms across the forests and towns, setting an even more stunning backdrop to the region’s covered bridges, waterfalls and coastline.

Head to Cottage Grove and visit the “Covered Bridge Capital of the West.” Home to Oregon’s official Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway, this town is a perfect home base for cyclists, hikers and foodies alike. Cycle by six covered bridges, Hollywood film sites and the beautiful Dorena Reservoir on this route. Linger on Cottage Grove’s Main Street for local eateries and craft breweries, then plan a nearby excursion into Oregon’s wine country to taste some of the region’s award-winning wines.

Find more historic covered bridges in two distinct destinations in the Cascades—the McKenzie River and Oakridge/Westfir.

In the McKenzie River region, drive through Goodpasture Covered Bridge, one of the most iconic covered bridges in Oregon. Continue along Highway 126 as it follows the McKenzie River to waterfalls, hot springs and the Belknap Covered Bridge.

On your way to Oakridge/Westfir, you’ll pass the Lowell Covered Bridge, the widest covered bridge in Oregon, spanning Dexter Reservoir. You’ll be greeted in Westfir by the stunning red Office Covered Bridge, the longest covered bridge in Oregon. Stay at the adjacent Westfir Lodge, once the administrative offices for the local lumber mill. Hike to scenic lakes and waterfalls, or if mountain biking is your thing, hop on the miles of singletrack that earned Oakridge the designation of “Mountain Biking Capital of the Northwest.”

Heading out to the Oregon Coast, discover Wildcat Covered Bridge, Deadwood Covered Bridge and Lake Creek Covered Bridge. The Siuslaw National Forest changes its hues with the magic of fall; see it at Sweet Creek Falls, a unique trail adaptable for any adventure. After your hike, it’s a short drive to Florence to stroll the riverfront and warm up with a bowl of clam chowder. Drive along the dramatic coastline for views of the Oregon Dunes and a 100-year-old lighthouse.

Fall color in this region typically peaks from October through November. Call 541.484.5307 for current updates.

Ready to visit? Find deals and plan your stay at EugeneCascadesCoast.org/plan/trip-ideas/.

 

 

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