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Hiking the Willamette Valley

Towering forests, panoramic peaks and a river running through it: The Willamette Valley has no shortage of natural wonders. When you want to immerse yourself in these spectacular places, there is no better way than on foot. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails span the Willamette Valley, ranging from the foothills of Mount Hood to the pastoral valley floor to the height of the Oregon Coast Range. Wander along these hiking trails that take you into the heart of some of Oregon's most scenic beauty.

A How To Hiking Guide

Discover everything you need to know to hike in the Willamette Valley from best practices and safety tips to passes, permits and resources it's all here in one place.

Explore Some of Our Favorite Trails

Discover the 62-mile Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail, offering a well-marked, temperate route linking the central Willamette Valley to the Pacific Ocean.

Uncover six family-friendly hikes around the Willamette Valley and West Cascades, including the 286-foot Salt Creek Falls to paths through a water treatment plant in Albany.

Local favorite Molalla River Corridor and Recreation Area offers multi-use trails, day-use areas and swimming holes, perfect for families, groups, and solo hikers.

Waterfall Hikes

Tucked along Willamette Valley hiking trails are spectacular waterfalls that are sure to take your breath away.

The sun is setting in the distance with a tree and grass in the foreground.

National Wildlife Refuge Hikes

More than 200 species of birds, black bears, bobcats, elk, and other animals call the Willamette Valley's refuges home. Explore the rich variety of rare ecosystems unmatched anywhere else in the region. 

The Willamette Explorer

Explore the Official Visitor Guide of the Willamette Valley National Forest to uncover stunning choices for year-round recreation across over 1.6 million acres.

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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