Oregon’s Tualatin Valley is lucky to have mild autumns that allow us to continue enjoying the great outdoors well beyond the long days of summer. The area is perfect for fall hiking, biking and bird watching — even when it’s a little chillier out. Here are ways to escape the house and enjoy the outdoors this fall.
Birdwatching in Tualatin Valley
Millions of birds are migrating along the Pacific Flyway from the Arctic to South America and Tualatin Valley is right along their path. Our many nature parks and wetlands are the perfect places to see many species of birds heading south this time of year. More on birding in Tualatin Valley >>>
The new Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is due to open near Gaston in Tualatin Valley later this fall. The refuge focuses on the lake, marshes and wetlands and houses dozens of creatures, whether all year or just for a stopover along the Pacific Flyway. You’ll find 10 species of bats migrating annually, 56 species of mammals, more than 150 bird species, 13 reptile species, 14 amphibians species and at least 16 species of fish.
Until Wapato Lake opens, peep pretty fall leaves and migrating birds at these other nature parks and wetlands:
- Cooper Mountain Nature Park
- Tualatin River Nation Wildlife Refuge
- Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve
- Killin Wetlands
Enjoy Fall Foliage
Drive along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route or ride the Banks-Vernonia State Trail to see the best of Oregon’s trees and landscapes. Whether you’re up for a longer trip or just taking the scenic route on your way to fun activities in our scenic farm country, these routes are the perfect way to take in the beauty of the season.
Hikes for Everyone
There are plenty of easy hikes to be found at parks and natural areas in Tualatin Valley. Head out for a quick walk through the trees as they change colors for the season.
While you’re exploring the outdoors, stop in Beaverton, where there are plenty of places to eat outside. The First Street Commons and Open Air Beaverton programs allow you to enjoy the best of Beaverton’s “Restaurant Row” while keeping physical distancing. More outdoor dining options >>>
Don’t miss out on the picture perfect fall colors, migrating birds and natural areas in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley when you enjoy the great outdoors this fall.