Nestled between the mountains and the coast, Eugene and Springfield are the perfect basecamp for the adventures you’ve been missing. The abundance of delicious food, wine, beer and even locally distilled spirits in the metro area will fuel your adventures across the region, whatever you decide to pursue.
Dunes and Public Beaches
Every mile of Oregon’s coast is public land, which makes spreading out and discovering somewhere new easy as can be. Pull off at a variety of beaches north of Florence on Highway 101 and discover a lighthouse, tidepools, breathtaking rock formations, and even a few trails that lead to secret beaches. Make Florence your overnight home base for easy access to all of these adventures. Grab breakfast, lunch or dinner along Bay Street while you recharge and prepare for another day of exploration. South of Florence, discover over 31,000 acres of ever–changing sand dunes. Explore on foot or discover the thrill of riding a dune buggy across the mountains of sand.
Less-Crowded Waterfalls and Hiking Trails
Though the region is known for a few star waterfalls, there are many others to discover off the beaten path. Discover Spirit, Moon and Pinard Falls outside of Oakridge (a great mountain town) or trek out past Cottage Grove to Brice Creek and Trestle Creek Falls. Many lesser–known trails lead to excellent viewpoints, like Bohemia Mountain.
Kayaking, Rafting, and Paddleboarding
Stick to the metro area and go for a paddle around Fern Ridge or discover unique coastal lakes while breathing in fresh sea air. For thrill-seekers, a guided rafting trip down the McKenzie River is sure to create lasting memories. Book a room along the river at a riverside lodge or cabin to complete your trip.
Mountain Biking and Scenic Bikeways
If you’re looking for beautiful sights on your ride, pick the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway. Catch a glimpse of history on the Cottage Grove Covered Bridges Scenic Byway, or if space is more your thing, transport yourself to another world on the McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway. Head out to Oakridge, the mountain bike capital of the Northwest, and find winding single–track trails through lush green forests and rustic stays to complete your adventure.
Wineries and Local Foods
Sticking close to the metro area doesn’t mean giving up adventure. Explore wine country, peppered with local vineyards and winemakers, where gorgeous views make the perfect backdrop to your wine tasting. Staying in town gives you the option to visit many tasting rooms with less travel, as well as the opportunity to explore local shops and their eclectic offerings.
Ready to go? Find a home base to explore these adventurers and more.