Whether you are a birding or biking enthusiast you can find it all in and around Corvallis. Bird lovers appreciate the care that William L. Finley National wildlife Refuge has taken to provide a winter habitat for migrating Dusky Canadian geese. Offering 5,000 acres of protected land, you may also encounter a herd of Roosevelt elk.
Other birding “hot spots” in or near Corvallis include the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area, Chip Ross & Avery Parks, Mardi’s Meadow, the Jackson-Frazier Wetland and Beazell Memorial Forest. The Corvallis Audubon Society offers frequent birding field trips on foot and on bike.
Speaking of bikes- did you know that Corvallis has over 60 miles of biking and hiking trails throughout town and into surrounding countryside? Not only does the City of Corvallis maintain a network of paved paths, Corvallis and Benton County parks provide a variety of paved and unpaved trails that provide easy access to beautiful natural areas. Ask for a trail suggestion at one of the many bike shops or at the Visitor Center.
Is it “city riding” you prefer? There are twenty miles of paved multi-use paths in town and there are many roads in the area that offer wide shoulders and light traffic. Depending on your route you choice you can experience rolling hills, local agriculture or if you’re up to it, go for a challenge bike up the impressive climb to Marys Peak. It is the highest point in the Coastal Range at an elevation of 4097 feet, and on a clear day you can see all the way to the Cascades or the ocean.
Some of the best ways to explore these outdoor amenities is to schedule a trip with Cascadia Expeditions. They offer kayaking, a craft brew float trip and a breakfast with the birds trip all on the peaceful Willamette River just on the edge of the City