Fall is around us, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make a special trip to seek out fall colors in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley. Seize the season, plan a weekend getaway and experience the colors of fall, from the greens, golds and magentas of changing leaves, to green and red apples and brilliant orange pumpkins.
As fall has officially arrived, so have the array of fall colors. Set aside a backdrop of evergreen trees are the deciduous trees whose leaves are changing with colors ranging from pale yellows to rusty magenta hues. These are just some of the places to get your peep on to see the autumn colors in their full splendor.
While the prime kayaking season has comes to a close, there is still time to enjoy autumnal picnics along the banks of the Tualatin River. Pack treats from the Beaverton Farmers Market (Saturdays) or the Tigard Area Farmers Market (Sundays) to feast upon at Cook Park or on the dock at Brown’s Ferry Park. The tree-lined riverfront will be an ombre of colors with the yellow leaves creating a golden shimmer in the river’s reflection.
Through the Douglas fir woodlands of Bald Peak, the trees give way to a stunning view of the Chehalem Hills. Photographers love Bald Peak at sunset—and you surely will, too. Luckily, the winding roads to and from the peak offer a stunning drive through fall foliage, as well.
In October, as the fall migration season begins, waterfowl at the Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge increases. Their fall habitat at the refuge is your chance to see fall colors beyond the leaves and by feathers instead. It truly is a fall experience for its flora and fauna.
October is apple season in Tualatin Valley. So many varieties of apples are grown here, including many that you may have never heard of. With so much to celebrate this season, venture out to Tualatin Valley’s apple orchards for fun, festive and tasty experiences.
Oregon Heritage Farm AppleFest
October 12 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Oregon Heritage Farms | Hillsboro | Free
Dive into farm living with a two down-home days of country music, apple tastings, mini hay maze and hay rides and more. Do not miss the caramel apples here. That is an order! Kids love the apple-shaped bounce house, too.
Heirloom Apple Festival
October 13 | 12-3 p.m. | Smith Berry Barn | Scholls/Hillsboro | Free
This annual apple festival goes all out with a variety of apple trees for u-pick, heirloom apple tastings, live music and (of course!) so delicious apple-infused treats.
Tualatin Valley is home to several apple farms that are open during the late-summer and fall months. The farm store at Oregon Heritage Farms offers up to 10 varieties of apples, cider and other fresh local produce. Sherwood Orchards is a 150-year-old, 26-acre, u-pick orchard with 2,000 fruit trees offering many unique varieties to pick your own apples (please bring your own containers). Smith Berry Barn is a destination farm and garden market featuring the very best of Oregon’s bounty, including dozens of varieties of apples (and pears).
Now that it’s October, Tualatin Valley’s pumpkin patches are officially open for the season. Pick a pumpkin. Take a hayride. Get lost in a corn maze. These farms are ideal spots for harvest time fun. (Note: Pumpkin patches are now closed for the season)
Throughout the month of October, Lee Farms hosts its annual Fall Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkin patch has more than 27 different varieties of pumpkins (as well as apples) The Fall Harvest Festival includes hay and corn mazes, hayrides, pony rides and other fun activities. Open Monday-Friday, 12-6 p.m., and Weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $5-20
Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm offers a bundle of family-friendly fall activities through October. Explore the pumpkin patch, take a barrel train ride and hayride, nosh on hand-dipped caramel apples, shop for homemade jams and honey, and so much more. Open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission: $5-14
Roloff Farms is the home of the Roloff family, made famous by the television series “Little People, Big World.” The farm is only open to the public during pumpkin season. Throughout October, enjoy a pumpkin patch, wagon tours, pony rides and adventure area with a petting zoo, bamboo maze, “spooky” trail loop and more. Open Friday-Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission: $0-15
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
October 19 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Lake of the Commons | Tualatin | Free
Tualatin’s Pumpkin Regatta is one of the most anticipated fall festivals in the Northwest. Each year people come from all over to see costumed characters paddle 1,000 pound pumpkins across the lake in Tualatin in a series of wacky races. The Regatta also includes pumpkin bowling, pumpkin golf, pumpkin decorating, costume contests, pie eating contests and more.
Plan a fall weekend in Tualatin Valley today!