Fall is in the Air
Autumn Adventures Await in Tualatin Valley
Fall in the Tualatin Valley is a treat to the senses. The crisp, cool air. The smell of fireplaces burning. The crackling sound of fallen leaves underfoot. The sight of beautiful valleys as they glow in hues of orange, red and green. These are just some of the many ways the Tualatin Valley can be described during autumn.
The 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail, a rails-to-trails project that converted a dated railroad line, takes hikers, cyclists and equestrians of all levels on a scenic route through rural lands. The 50-mile Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway is a great option for more experienced riders to explore the fragrant autumn air. Bike shops in the area provide rental equipment, including tandem bikes, which doubles the fun—and excitement—of riding along the trail.
The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve are just two wildlife areas with trails that offer some of the best bird watching opportunities in the region, which are abundant during the migration season (October is one of the best months for bird sightings).
Cooper Mountain Nature Park provides breathtaking views of the Tualatin Valley and Chehalem Mountains, and Tualatin Hills Nature Park, located in Beaverton, features trails through woody habitats. The newly redesigned Fernhill Wetlands provides a relaxing respite and features a tranquil water garden.
Hiking or bicycling through forested trails can bring many unexpected pleasures, such as wildlife sightings or gentle mists.
There is no better way to experience the changing colors of fall than with a zip-line adventure. Catch the autumn breeze while zipping from tree to tree. Tree to Tree Adventure Park—an aerial ropes course and guided zip-line park. Tree to Tree was the first park of its kind in Oregon when it opened a few years ago, and year after year, it expands its offerings. This “playground in the trees” features an aerial adventure ropes, zip line tours, dueling zip line racing, tree-top plunge and more.
Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour, is a guided zip-line tour located outside of North Plains. Experience the natural landscape of Oregon while zipping from platform to platform through the forest canopy along eight zip lines that will take adventurers through a beautiful forest, across majestic suspension bridges and near the breathtaking Brunswick Canyon.
Exploring the Tualatin Valley’s wine country in the fall is a fantastic experience. From less-crowded tasting rooms to fun-filled events, fall is a premium time visit the dozens of wineries in the area.
During autumn months, the bounty of harvest yields autumn crops such as pumpkins, apples and potatoes. It is also a time when winemakers start the arduous, yet fulfilling, wine making process.
This also is the season to visit farms, which welcome visitors with a host of activities perfect for the autumn harvest. Pick a pumpkin to take home to carve, get lost in a corn maze, play a round of pumpkin bowling, and there is so much more to see and do at these pumpkin patches. The Tualatin Valley is happily dotted with pumpkins throughout October; so, come get in the autumnal spirit with us and have a picturesque fall weekend.
One of the best ways to view the splendor of the Tualatin Valley this time of year, is with a drive along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route, a 60-mile driving tour. Discover farms, wineries, amazing sights and more along this experiential tour of our agricultural valley.
Plan an Autumn Getaway to the Tualatin Valley
Stay overnight at a historic hotel, or camp under the stars at a campground or RV park, or find a quaint roadside motel.
Taste the sunshine at the Tualatin Valley's myriad wineries. With more than 30 wineries with tasting rooms, there are plenty of places to enjoy picturesque autumn days with a glass of Pinot Noir.
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