For many Oregonians, the autumn months hold a special place in our hearts. During this time of year there’s so many new and exciting activities just waiting to be enjoyed across the entire state. From pumpkin patches to scenic hikes, these 11 fall day trips are perfect for getting into the spirit of the season.
Note: Due to ongoing hazards related to the Eagle Creek fire, be sure to check for local closures and delays before setting out on a trip.
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1. Find the perfect pumpkin at The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island
For most people, the fall season is best celebrated with a trip out to the pumpkin patch. The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island has been going strong since 1967. Not only can you pick your own pumpkin here, but you can also enjoy the Giant Hay Maze, daily hay rides, Portland's Original Corn Maze, and cow rides. Come for the memories, leave with a beautiful pumpkin.
16511 NW Gillihan Rd., Portland, OR 97231
2. Pick your own apples at Draper Girls Country Farm
Head to Draper Girls for crisp and juicy fall flavors. This Hood River farm has a wide variety of U-Pick apples trees brimming with ripe fruit. Once you're done picking, you can stop by the market for some freshly cut apple samples.
6200 OR-35, Mt Hood, OR 97041
3. Bundle up for the Fall Kite Festival
Grab your sweater and head for the Oregon Coast this October for the Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival. This colorful event will take place the weekend of September 30-October 1, and feature breathtaking kite displays.
SW 1st Street
Lincoln City, Oregon 97367
4. Get lost in the Ontario Corn Maze
For more than 10 years, Montgomery Farms has delighted and enchanted visitors with its annual giant corn maze. The maze design changes each year and has featured different themes and logos from organizations within the community.
668 Sugar Ave., Ontario, Oregon 97914
5. Sink your teeth into the Apple Cider donuts at Fir Point Farms
If you're looking to get your apple cider fix this fall, look no further than Fir Point Farms. These fresh-baked donuts are the stuff dreams are made of. Seriously. In addition to their delicious food, Fir Point has a pumpkin patch, corn maze, "tree-climbing" goats and more!
14601 Arndt Rd., Aurora, OR 97002
6. Hike the magical South Falls Loop in Silver Falls State Park
While this little trek is popular all year-round, it is truly at its best during the fall months. The trail takes hikers to the cave behind South Falls, offering intimate views of the 177-foot waterfall from behind. Only a mile long, this trail will make your whole season.
20024 Silver Falls Hwy. SE, Sublimity, OR 97385
7. Enjoy a glass of wine at Villa Catalana Cellars
Located in the hills of Oregon City, Villa Catalana is a breathtaking Spanish-style winery. Everything about this place is enchanting, especially the gardens and surrounding scenery. Fall is the perfect time to indulge in one of their award-winning reds.
11900 S Criteser Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045
8. Take a wagon ride at Smith Rock Ranch
This family-owned and operated farm in Central Oregon is filled with fun October activities for the whole family. Not only is the picturesque location pure magic, but visitors can enjoy archery, barnyard golf, a zoo train, harvest market, pony rides, and a corn maze.
1250 NE Wilcox Ave., Terrebonne, OR 97760
9. Go to the Oregon Zoo for the annual Squishing of the Squash
Every year, some of the Oregon Zoo's largest residents demolish some of the area's largest pumpkins. This fun event will be held October 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
4001 Southwest Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221
10. Soak up the fall colors on the Banks-Vernonia Trail
This popular trail features some of Oregon's most pristine fall foliage. The gentle path is flat and great for walking or biking. While the entire trail is 44 miles roundtrip, you can go as far or as little distance as you feel up to.
Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Vernonia, OR 97064
11. Savor the apple cider at Bauman Farms
Bauman Farms gets bigger and better every year. This place has a fantastic pumpkin patch, a hazelnut pit, a petting zoo area, and a hay ride. The market and bakery are also filled with delicious seasonal treats, including the can't-miss apple cider.
12989 Howell Prairie Rd. NE, Gervais, OR 97026
Have you taken any of these day trips? What’s your favorite fall destination in Oregon? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments!