In the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley is Corvallis, the home of Oregon State University and one of the nation’s best college towns. Outdoor adventure lovers appreciate the Corvallis area for offering more than 60 miles of both paved and unpaved biking and hiking trails. These trails provide ample opportunities for breath-taking views.
Why do mountain bikers love Alsea Falls Recreation Area’s trails? They were designed by fellow fans who couldn’t wait to play on them. This 12-mile network stands out through the artistry of specially designed flow trails, pathways that curve, weave and roll down the mountain with such natural fluidity the riders feel as though they’re following a river. The lush, primeval, dense forest provides the perfect backdrop to this mountain biking playground. You can ride the trails at Alsea Falls from late spring to fall.
Off-road experiences continue at Bald Hill Natural Area, part of a vast 1,200-arce footprint of protected lands, offers a variety of biking and hiking trails to be enjoyed. On the top of Bald Hill, savor the incredible panoramic views of the valley.
Prefer paved road biking? There are 20 miles of paved multi-use paths in town and there are many roads in the area that offer wide shoulders and light traffic. Routes offer a variety of terrains from rolling hills to the impressive climb to Marys Peak. Marys Peak is the highest point in the Coastal Range at an elevation of 4,097 feet, and on a clear day you can see all the way to the Cascades or the ocean.
If you’d rather explore on two feet instead of two wheels, you have your pick as there are more than fifty great hikes nearby. You can choose a walk through town where you can trek along the riverfront or explore nearby Peavy Arboretum. Don’t miss lovely Starker Forest, only minutes from town and full of wonderful hiking trails.
Corvallis’ natural abundance isn’t just for hikers and cyclists. 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. With more than 5,000 acres of protected land, you can view these nomadic fowl in the winter months and see other native species that call the refuge home year-round. The Corvallis Audubon Society offers frequent birding field trips around the area, both on foot and on bike.
After a day of adventure, reward yourself by lifting a pint at one of our local breweries, ciderhouses, meaderies and distilleries. Or sip a local point noir at our boutique wineries while enjoying their gorgeous views.
What are you waiting for? Start your outdoor adventure today. Learn more at visitcorvallis.com or 541-757-1544.