See nature at its most dramatic and scenic among the high peaks and vast lakes of the Willamette National Forest.
In the shadow of snowy mountains, Oakridge is best known as a hub for thrilling outdoor activities. Mountain biking, hiking and watersports are among the many fun hobbies practiced in this picturesque town. Get closer to nature with an exploration of the forests and the Cascades Range overlooking the community.
Relax along the shores of one of the streams surrounding the town, such as Salmon Creek and Salt Creek. Play a few rounds at the Circle Bar Golf Club against a backdrop of rolling green hills and trees. The Diamond Peak shield volcano is an impressive sight southeast of the town.
Bring the kids to the Willamette Hatchery to see the fish and taxidermy displays. Cross the bridge to find the ponds that decorate this pleasant site. Walk along the interpretive trail and play mini-golf with your family.
Use the town as a base to travel through the enormous Willamette National Forest for its lakes, mountains and maze-like trails. It is accessible year-round, from the dry, warm summer until the cold, snowy winter.
Drive east from Oakridge for 32 miles (51 kilometers) to reach Waldo Lake, known for its extraordinarily clear water. Try fishing and boating on this large lake and rent equipment and amenities from one of the campgrounds surrounding it.
Just south of the lake is one of the delights of the region, Salt Creek Falls. Snap photos of this behemoth of a waterfall, with its drop of 286 feet (87 meters). Hear the roar of the water as it plunges into a pool at its base.
Find the town in the southern part of the Willamette National Forest in western Oregon. Fly to Portland International Airport and drive south for about 160 miles (260 kilometers). Smaller transportation links in the region include Oakridge State Airport and Eugene Airport. Visit the nearby destinations of Eugene, Salem and McCredie Springs.
Oakridge is an exploration base in the midst of a spectacular forested mountain range.