20 Amazing Oregon Secrets You Never Knew Existed

When people think of Oregon, images of Crater Lake, Multnomah Falls, and Mount Hood tend to come to mind. And for good reason! While these attractions are all nothing short of incredible, the Beaver State is so much more than a few superlative superstars. It’s also full of countless natural wonders that are a bit more off the beaten path, and equally worth exploring. From secluded alpine lakes and hidden waterfalls to desert hot springs and under-the-radar trails, here are 20 hidden places in Oregon that are sure to take your breath away, and leave you in total awe of the beauty of the Beaver State!

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How many of these hidden places in Oregon did you know about? Have you been to any of these destinations? What are some other hidden places in Oregon you’d like to share with fellow readers? Let us know in the comments below, or nominate your top picks here!

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Hidden places in Oregon

September 02, 2021

What are some hidden places in Oregon that even lifelong Oregonians don’t know about?

Oregon has no shortage of beautiful nature scenes to take in. And while we all have our favorite places to visit when we want a secret refuge, it’s hard to really summarize why some are the best of the best. Here are 13 hidden gems in Oregon that might be off your beaten path, but are totally worth discovering for yourself (and even some of you lifelong Oregonians might not know about them all!)

What are some fun day trips in Oregon?

If you enjoy exploring hidden places in Oregon, then you will definitely want to check out our Hidden Gem Road Trip, a 15-hour, hidden-gem tour de force of the Beaver State! Many of these places make for fun day trip adventures, too, so if you just have an afternoon to spare, we recommend checking some of them out!

What are some hidden waterfalls in Oregon?

Well-known cascades like Multnomah Falls and Silver Falls tend to steal the spotlight (and for good reason, because they are magnificent!), but there’s so much more to Oregon’s waterfalls than these stars! Take Hug Point Falls, for example. Located on a picturesque piece of Oregon shoreline, Hug Point State Recreation Site is one of Oregon’s most incredible treasures: the wondrous Hug Point Falls. It’s a 15-foot waterfall that gently cascades down a sandstone drop-off along the Oregon Coast. It will completely take you by surprise, and is just one of several little-known waterfalls in Oregon that are worth a visit!