4 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Oregon

It’s nearing that time again: America is gearing up for yet another season full of pumpkin spice everything and selfies taken in piles of leaves. At home, mantles and end tables alike are beginning to groan beneath the weight of all those cinnamon and autumn scented candles. Of course, there is much more to fall than getting excited for pumpkin flavors and autumnal smells. It also happens to be a wonderful time to explore the great outdoors in relative comfort while viewing the beautiful colors that only come out this time of the year.

Whether you live in Oregon or are just planning a trip to see these gorgeous leaves as they fall, it might help to have an idea where to go. To aid you on your journey, here are a few spots where Oregon fall foliage is at its absolute best.

Columbia River Gorge

Part of the Cascade Mountains, this 80-mile stretch is already breathtaking during the rest of the year. When fall hits, its various trees, including maples, pines, firs, and more begin to display their colors. With the cool autumn temperatures and the leaves drifting delicately in the air, it makes for a must-see for anyone going through the state.

Willamette Valley

photo credit: brilliant via photopin (license)

photo credit: brilliant via photopin (license)

Home to many of Oregon’s biggest cities including Portland, the Willamette Valley may sound like a large area, but if you are looking to view the fall leaves you should definitely explore the whole thing. There are plenty of places to drive around the valley to see gorgeous autumn scenery. If you are wondering where to start, you may want to begin along the McKenzie-Santiam Pass.

Badger Creek Wilderness

Badger Creek is a popular outdoor destination for hikers and campers in general. One of the major regions of Mount Hood National Forest, it has a wide variety of trees and some beautiful trails to explore. When autumn rolls around, it also happens to offer one of the best places to look for those leaves.

Clear Lake

A natural lake that flows out into the McKenzie River, Clear Lake is a popular diving spot throughout the year. When fall hits, all its trees begin to shed their leaves and offer a great place to sit and relax.


If you have the pleasure of living in Oregon, you likely have seen some of these destinations before. If you aren’t a local but you want to experience the beauty, make sure to put these near the top of your destination list. Take the time to visit all of them and you will be glad you did.


Are there any other spots in Oregon that have absolutely beautiful scenery? Where else would you recommend to visitors? 




Joseph Macolino
Joseph Macolino
When Joseph is not writing for his Evorath fantasy series, he tries to spend time honing his physical prowess to one day become the Punisher. Most of the time, he just ends up perfecting the art of procrastination by watching Netflix, reading other good fantasy books, or playing some mindless game. Follow him at Evorath