Oregon ash, vine maple and Garry oak are among the trees that will grab your attention each autumn at Aumsville Ponds. The county park, near Aumsville, Oregon, is a natural heritage park site, where work is being done to restore some of the landscapes that greeted the area’s pioneers and sustained the Native American tribes.
Enjoy fall’s splendor by foot, bicycle or horseback at Willamette Mission State Park in Gervais, Oregon. On the shores of Mission Lake, located within the park, you’ll spot the nation’s largest black cottonwood, standing at more than 155 feet tall. Paddlers can access the park by water, starting at Wallace Marine Park or Spong’s Landing Park while taking in the spectacular fall colors that embellish the river along the way.
Another park to add to your list is Champoeg State Heritage Area in St. Paul, Oregon, where the state’s first provisional government was formed in 1843. The park is situated on the banks of the Willamette River, with acres of forests, fields and wetlands. Take a self-guided walk through the park to appreciate the park’s red and yellow leaf maple trees.
Nestled against Rickreall Creek, in Dallas, Oregon, Delbert Hunter Arboretum and Botanic Garden serves as a living museum of native plants. It showcases many species of plants and trees, including high-desert plants, rare shrubs and flowers. With several walking paths and benches throughout, the arboretum is a perfect place to connect with nature this season.