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Your Guide to the South Clackamas Farm Loop

By Matt Wastradowski

Farmers have been tilling the soils around Canby and along the Molalla River—all at the northeastern corner of the Willamette Valley—for generations. Today, working in the shadow of Mount Hood, they share their craft with curious visitors through award-winning wine, fresh produce, specialty foods, and more along the 20-stop South Clackamas Farm Loop.

Explaining the South Clackamas Farm Loop | Location | What to Do

The self-guided South Clackamas Farm Loop includes 20 stops at local wineries, farms, shops, ranches, and more. With so many stops, it's easy to put together an all-day or weekend-long itinerary that suits your interests and introduces you to the beauty of the Willamette Valley.

And if you want to break up your visits with a little fresh air, check out our guide to outdoor recreation along the beautiful Molalla River corridor nearby.

Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch hosts a herd of more than 55 alpacas.

The loop was created as part of the wider Oregon Farm Loop program, which works to deepen connections with the state's agricultural output through farm tours, farmers markets, colorful flower farms, and celebrated wineries. You can even get started in less time than it takes to read this article: Just download a brochure and map from the official South Clackamas Farm Loop website, find a few stops that sound fun, make sure they'll be open when you want to visit, and hit the road.

If you want more information, we're happy to help. Here's everything you need to know to start exploring the South Clackamas Farm Loop.

The South Clackamas Farm Loop sits within Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory and is roughly bordered on its west side by the Clackamas River (hence the name). Canby and Molalla are the most notable communities along the loop, which largely passes through a mosaic of forests and farmland while winding along quiet backroads and byways in the foothills of Mount Hood.

In all, it only takes about 30 minutes to drive from the loop's northernmost stops to its southernmost outposts, sans stops, or to drive from east to west.

Christopher Bridge Wines pours a variety of wines at a scenic tasting room.

South Clackamas Farm Loop

The wide range of activities offered along the South Clackamas Farm Loop make it easy to pick and choose stops to suit your interests and time constraints.

King's Raven Winery has been crafting popular wines since 1999.

You'll find plenty of great wine along the South Clackamas Farm Loop.

Forest Edge Vineyard sits at the base of the Cascade foothills and incorporates sustainable practices into nearly everything it does; vineyards enjoy nutrients from the nearby forest, the tasting room was crafted from lumber that was sourced and milled on-site, and its buildings are heated with passive solar techniques.

King's Raven Winery has earned acclaim for its hand-harvested, foot-stomped pinot noir, pinot gris, and léon millot—all crafted on a family-owned-and-operated farm that dates back to 1942.

A number of flower farms dot the South Clackamas Farm Loop, bringing pops of color to the Willamette Valley in spring and summer.

Between late March and early May, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm and Vineyard hosts the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival just outside the city of Woodburn—where roughly 40 acres of colorful flowers bloom alongside food vendors, family activities, gifts, and more. (Estate-grown wines are available at Wooden Shoe's tasting room year-round, as well.)

In the midst of summer, vibrant blooms dominate the landscape at Swan Island Dahlias—the largest dahlia grower in the United States. The flowers reach their colorful peak in August; visitors can stop by in July-Sept. for fresh-cut dahlias—or to visit the farm's gift shop all year long.

Swan Island Dahlias hosts roughly 40 acres of dahlia fields just outside Canby.

TMK Creamery offers self-guided tours, delicious treats crafted with housemade cheeses, and more near Canby.

You can visit farms of all kinds while traveling the South Clackamas Farm Loop.

Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch, home to a herd of more than 55 alpacas, hosts a store selling clothing, yarns, and rugs made from alpaca fur; tours are available if you'd like to go behind the scenes.

At TMK Creamery, you can see firsthand how cheese is made, tour the farm's dairy, and meet the cows and calves responsible for the treats on sale at the TMK store—including grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese curds.

In summer, MoonRidge Farms offers pre-picked and U-pick berries and lavender—as well as yacon items (crafted from an edible shrub that's native to South America) and items made from farm-grown goods (such as teas and syrup).

Your adventure begins with the official Willamette Valley Travel Guide. Request your complimentary printed guide or download a digital guide today.

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