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8 Places to See Fall Foliage Around Lake Oswego

  |  Neighborhood Insight, Portland

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and no, we’re not talking about the holiday season yet. It’s finally fall! And with the change of seasons comes changing leaves throughout Oregon. Over the next few weeks, we’ll get to see explosions of orange, red and yellow popping up all throughout our local communities. 

Hunting down the best colors is a beloved pastime for Lake Oswego residents—and luckily, we have plenty of incredible viewing spots right in our backyard. Below, we’ve rounded up eight of the best places to see the fall colors in the area, so grab your camera and get ready to fall in love with fall all over again! 

 

Throughout Lake Oswego 

The City of Lake Oswego’s Heritage Tree Program was established in 1997 to “foster appreciation and increase awareness about the important role of trees in the city’s history and heritage.” Trees in the city are designated as Heritage Trees for their notable historical, cultural, environmental or physical qualities. There’s no better time to visit a few Heritage Trees than during the fall. Most are evergreens, but there are a few show-stopping maples along the way. Click here to learn more about the Heritage Tree Program and follow this bike map to see these noteworthy trees! 

 

One of the city’s most popular riverfront parks, Foothills Park offers nine acres nestled on the banks of the Willamette River. This park features sweeping views of the river from a covered platform, a ring of basalt columns engraved with the poetry of William Stafford, a timber and stone picnic pavilion with a stone fireplacepathways, a reflecting pond, and a grass amphitheater. While all the Foothills Park amenities are fantastic and beautiful during any season, they all stand out even more during the fall. Stop by whenever you get a chance and enjoy a picnic under the golden trees.  

 

Springbrook Park is a 52-acre urban nature area in the Uplands neighborhood dedicated to the enjoyment and visitors to Lake Oswego! The winding trails throughout Springbrook Park meander beneath red and orange canopies of big leaf-maple and red alder, through the native plants, trees and wetlands which shelter trilliums, towhees and small wildlife, giving you ample opportunity to see some beautiful fall foliage. Because of the park’s proximity to Uplands Elementary and Lake Oswego Junior High School it also acts as an outdoor classroom for students, featuring in-person and online educational resources. Click here to explore the park online and to learn more about volunteering with Friends of Springbrook Park! 

 

Situated just 15 minutes outside of Portland and 11 minutes outside of Lake Oswego, Tyron Creek State Natural Area is an outdoor paradise year-round. Here you can explore more than 650 acres of second-growth forests; walk along the meandering Tyron Creek; and connect with the jaw-dropping flora and fauna that call this park home. The area features eight miles of hiking trails, eight bridges and a boardwalk over wetland—including the Trillium Trail, which has been designed for people of all abilities. There are also horse trails and bicycle paths that you can spend the entire colorful season exploring. 

 

Once a dairy operation owned by Rudie and Esther Luscher, Luscher Farm is now an agricultural example used to educate visitors about local food and organic plant production! In addition to its educational opportunities, Luscher Farm is home to several walking trails that you are welcome to explore from dawn to dusk, every day of the year. One of our favorites—especially in the fall—is the Hazelia Agri-Cultural Heritage Trail, a winding trail that offers fantastic views of the farm as well as educational signs that give a glimpse into the agricultural life of nineteenth-century Oswego.  

 

Offering 42 acres with soft surface trails and beautiful views, Cooks Butte Park is a fantastic choice for foliage hunting this time of year! Part of the Boring Lava Field, Cooks Butte is an extinct volcano rising 718 feet above the Stafford Basin. To see a little bit of everything, we recommend hitting the Cooks Butte Loop, a 1.1-mile, easy loop trail gives you a chance to explore Cooks Butte and catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. The trail tends to be a little muddy after any rain, so you may want to bring along a walking stick to help navigate the loop.  

 

Located just north of Hallinan Elementary School, Hallinan Woods is a 3.75-acre natural area featuring a creek and colorful forested area. The main path through the park is a favorite route for local walkers, bikers and hikers, as well as students and parents from the elementary school. You can access the natural area through the Hamlock Street cul-de-sac and O’Brien Street—just don’t forget to bring your walking shoes!  

 

Nestled next to each other in Lake Oswego, the Bryant Woods Nature Park and the Canal Acres Natural Area are two parks featuring several beautiful trails through forest, thickets and meadows in the vicinity of the old Oswego Canal. Both parks offer an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities surrounded by Oregon’s stunning fall scenery. The most popular way to explore both areas at one time is the Bryant Woods-Canal Acres Loop Hike, a 1.7mile, easy loop that is accessible all year long. And, while you’re in the area, don’t miss River Run, another natural area home to the historic mouth of the Oswego Canal. 

 

What Did We Miss? 

Did we miss your favorite spot in and around Lake Oswego to see fall foliage? Tell us about it in the comments! 

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