The Great Oaks Food Trail invites visitors and locals alike to explore the scenic beauty and unique products of the Polk County area west of Salem. With experiences ranging from craft beer tasting to filling a bucket full of blueberries, the Great Oaks Food Trail will guide guests on a journey filled with culinary treasures and unique agritourism experiences. Explorers can choose their own adventure by visiting any of the 40-plus stops on the Trail.
What better way to remember your visit to the valley than with a piece of local artwork? Pick up something unique at the River Gallery in Independence. This small co-op features local artists working in a variety of media. Stop in at Ovenbird Bakery for artisanal baked goods. Lunch fare and coffee. Everything is made from scratch on-site. Wind your way past local farms, including Rogue Farms Chatoe Tasting Room where you can tour the hop processing facility, enjoy a cold brew and compete in a game of Cornhole. For local produce, artisan foods, flowers and handcrafted goods, explore the Polk County Bounty Market in downtown Dallas, the seat of Polk County government. A photo in front of the Historic Polk County Courthouse will remind you of the film “Back to the Future” with the clock tower and quaint town square. In Dallas, the Delbert Hunter Arboretum and Botanic Gardens wind along the peaceful Rickreall Creek and a living museum of native plants. North of Dallas is 2,492-acre Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge which is a magnet for migrating waterfowl. West of Dallas, Black Rock Mountain Bike Area has free-ride trails for mountain bike enthusiasts with berms and jumps and other adrenaline rushing features.