Corvallis’ reputation as one of the nation’s best college towns and its location in the heart of the Oregon’s famous Willamette Valley make it easy to think farm-to-table food, wine, and college football before thinking outdoor adventure. But for those who love to discover new trails, roads, rivers, and vistas, Corvallis is one of Oregon’s best destinations.
Over 60 miles of biking and hiking trails traverse 12,500 acres of state and city-owned parks, which can be found right outside your hotel room. McDonald-Dunn Research Forest, Bald Hill Natural Area, Chip Ross Park, and Oregon State University’s Peavy Arboretum can all be explored from trailheads within city limits.
There is something for hikers of every interest level. Leisurely strolls can be found on paved riverfront pathways along the Willamette River while incredible panoramic views of the entire valley can be found on hikes to the summits of Bald Hill and Dimple Hill in the Coastal Mountain foothills.
People of the two-wheel variety are equally welcome in Corvallis. Corvallis is consistently ranked as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States, with bike lanes on virtually every street, and thousands of acres of trails open to bikers and hikers alike.
If you’re a road biking enthusiast Corvallis’ great in-city bike lanes quickly lead you out of town on scenic routes through rolling hills covered with farms, vineyards, and dense forests. Need a challenge? At 4,097 feet, the climb up Marys Peak – the tallest peak in the Coastal Range – is sure to leave your legs burning but rewards you with views that stretch from the Cascades all the way to the Oregon coast.
If mountain biking is your thing Alsea Falls Recreation Area’s 12-mile trail network was built for you. The trail network built specifically with mountain bikers in mind weaves its way through dense forests, offering challenging climbs, white knuckle downhills, and continual bends and curves to keep you smiling from the first turn to the last.
Corvallis’ natural abundance isn’t just for hikers and cyclists. Fishermen will find one of Oregon’s best run of winter steelhead on the Alsea River along with native cutthroat trout throughout the year. Bird lovers will appreciate the care that William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge has taken to provide a winter habitat for migrating dusky Canadian geese and other resident and migrating wildlife year-round.
And after a day of adventure, there is no better reward than a farm-fresh meal, enjoying a pint, glass of wine, or cocktail from one of Corvallis’ many local artisans, or watching a game at Oregon State.
What are you waiting for? Start your outdoor adventure today. Learn more at VisitCorvallis.com or 541-757-1544.
Last modified: June 7, 2020