Oregon Wine Country Hikes


The author of "Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon", Adam Sawyer talked to Tra' Renee about wine country hikes you can take this Thanksgiving season.

McDonald Dunn Forest

The McDonald-Dunn Research Forest is located a short 15-minute drive north of the OSU campus. Because of its proximity to campus, this Forest is extensively used for university instruction and research. Four distinct forest management themes, even-aged, two-storied and uneven-aged, plus reserved old-growth stands, allow side-by-side comparisons of the effects of implementing these themes. The Forest's non-motorized recreation opportunities in close proximity to the Corvallis community result in over 175,000 non-motorized recreation visits each year, another researchable opportunity. Peavy Arboretum is being developed to provide examples of all of the major eco-zones found in Oregon. The College Forests offices are located at the Arboretum. http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/mcdonald-dunn-forest

Butte Creek Falls

The 1-mile loop hike provides major bang for the buck. Butte Creek and Upper Butte Creek Falls would be fine destinations all by their lonesome as they are both beautiful and unique. But pair the two in the same hike with a truly memorable forest trail and you have as fine an outing as 1 mile can produce.

Champoeg State Heritage Area

Champoeg features a unique combination of history, nature, and recreation. This is the site where Oregon's first provisional government was formed by a historical vote in 1843. Situated on the southbank of the scenic Willamette River, Champoeg's acres of forest, fields, and wetlands recreate the landscape of a bygone era. Tour the park's visitor center, Newell House, and Pioneer Mothers Log Cabin museums to discover pioneer life at Champoeg. Take a guided walk to learn what happened to the bustling pioneer town of Champoeg, and how the Donald Manson Barn was built. An 1860s-style garden lies behind the visitor center.


Miller Woods

The 130-acre Miller Woods Conservation Area was donated to the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District by Frieda Miller in 2004. About 28% of the land is composed of pasture and hay fields, the rest a primarily second-growth woodland and conifer plantation with a few old-growth Douglas-firs still standing. Dogs are not permitted and there is a $3 day-use fee. http://www.yamhillswcd.org/aboutmw

Salem Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park is the City’s premier urban event park, located along the Willamette River and in close proximity to businesses, restaurants, entertainment, and other parks and trails. The park is also home to a number of Salem’s annual events, including The World Beat Festival, 4th of July Celebration, Summer Movies in The Park, Holiday Tree Lighting, and many walk/run events.

The 26-acres of existing parkland is the result of industrial land conversion. Paper, flour, and woolen mills, as well as a coal gasification plant and an auto junkyard formerly occupied the site. Today, it features large grassy areas, an amphitheater, play equipment, a splash pad, and a covered Rotary Pavilion. A dock provides access to the Willamette River and the Willamette Queen Sternwheeler.

Riverfront Park is also home to Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, and the EcoEarth Globe. It connects to Minto Island Park by the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge and to Wallace Marine Park by the Union Street Railroad Bridge. The Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge and Trail is the last critical link in connecting 1,300 acres of parks and more than 30 miles of off-street trails between south Salem, downtown, and West Salem. When combined, this acreage is larger than New York City’s Central Park. http://www.cityofsalem.net/riverfront-park.