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5 of the Best Things to Do Outdoors in Oregon

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People across the country know Oregon is a beautiful state with lots of fun outdoor activities appealing to those from all of life’s walks. If you live there, you probably already have your favorite outdoor pursuits in which you engage. If you’re visiting, you might want ideas regarding what you can do outdoors.

This article has a few suggestions for you. You need certain skills for some of them, but others you can try as an amateur without any difficulty.

Try Fishing

Oregon has many rivers and streams, and there are all types of fish in them waiting for you to catch them. People mostly know Oregon for carp, cod, crappie, catfish, flatfish, and the American shad. You do not have to know all the details of how companies make fishing rods to rent or buy one and try your luck in one of the state’s gorgeous rivers.

The Columbia River stretches for more than 1,200 miles on Oregon, and that’s where you find many of the species we mentioned. You can also try out the smaller John Day River or the Willamette.

Remember that if you’re age 18 and older, you need a fishing license in Oregon. Getting one is not generally very difficult, however.

Ride a Bike

Oregon has some spectacular days, especially during the summer and autumn. The leaves changing is truly something to behold, and what better way to do it than atop a bike that can crunch through them as they fall?

If you’re visiting the state, bike rental is possible. You can rent one for the day or week, depending on how long you are there. It’s a cost-effective way to get some exercise, and you can also spot some wildlife if you take your bike on some of the winding paths through the nature preserves that comprise Central Oregon.

The Columbian white-tailed deer call Oregon home, as do the coastal marten, Northern flying squirrel, and the Pacific fisher. You might spot some of them on your bike ride if you are stealthy enough.

Take a Walk

If you do not want to bother renting a bike or getting a fishing license, a walk through one of the many public parks and forest preserves throughout Oregon makes sense. All you have to do is pull your car over and plan out your walk on one of the trails that range from easy to challenging. Some of them wind through steep canyons, while others stay on flat ground and would work better for seniors.

The Multnomah Falls trail is a classic, and some of Oregon’s guests and residents also like the Cape Falcon Trailhead or the several that you can find in the Canemah Bluff Nature Park. It helps if you do a bit of research beforehand to figure out how long the trails are, how many hills they comprise, and whether you can hike the entire path from one end to the other in one afternoon.

Stretch Out on the Beaches

You might not immediately associate Oregon with beaches, but there are some very nice ones where you can work on your tan, provided you cover up with sunscreen before you do. Thor’s Well and Cook’s Chasm are popular choices.

They’re part of a volcanic wonder where the Pacific Coast crashes against the shore. High summer is the best time to be there when the sun glints off the rocks.

Ecola State Park has some nice beaches as well. You get there on the road that leads to the Canon Beach exit. The turnoff is right before that. There are several dramatic ocean views there, though there’s a steep trail heading down to them, so watch your step.

Visit the Deserts

Oregon also has some fascinating desert environments that are well worth going out of your way to peruse. The Alvord Desert is probably the best pick of them all. It is in Southeast Oregon.

There, flat, cracked ground stretches for miles, and the Steens Mountain range broods in the distance. This was once an enormous lake that extended for 100 miles from end to end, but nothing remains of it now. Around the perimeter are several hot springs, the most accessible the Mickey and Alvord hot springs.

Oregon has so many different natural wonders that it’s hard to see even a small portion in one trip. You might fall in love with this state and have to come back the next chance you get.


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