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Outdoor Recreation

“The great outdoors” is our backyard here in Oregon. With mountains, rivers, forests and bike trails all right at our fingertips, it’s no wonder Willamette Valley residents love getting in touch with nature. Here are just a few of the popular sports available to adventure seekers.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding

187 miles of calm, peaceful river await you on the Willamette River trail, where you’ll see water birds and other wildlife as well as striking views of the Valley. Learn more.

Birding

From the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge to Baskett Slough, the Willamette Valley offers spectacular opportunities for bird enthusiasts to glimpse some of the 500 bird species in the state. If you’re lucky, you might even see a falcon while wine tasting––they protect vineyards from hungry flocking birds. Learn more

Cycling

From mountain bike trails at Mt. Hood to long-distance cycling adventures through the Willamette Valley’s country roads, there’s no doubt Oregon is a bike-loving state. Check out the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, or if you have kids in tow, consider a special trip with them. More interested in human-powered wine tasting? Take a look at our guide to bike-friendly wineries.