Spring comes to Oregon earlier than some parts of the country making it a fine time to visit some of the Oregon scenic places that are cluttering up your bucket list. But if you’re looking for ways to enjoy an Oregon in spring, we have 5 of the most scenic places that are sure to knock your socks off. So, pull out your travel planner and start filling it with these great Oregon spring break ideas or thoughts for summer travel.
Koosah and Sahalie Falls
The hike around Koosah and Sahalie falls is one of the Oregon destinations to day dream about, with twists, turns, dips, and inclines. Most surprisingly, it’s also a place where intense daredevils practice their craft.
On a warm and typical day at the falls, you can expect to find slackliners gathering near the top awaiting their turn to slide across or walk the thin ribbon cord. The view from the line is breathtaking, but not for the faint of heart as the adventurers certainly know their craft.
For the rest of us, the over two and a half mile hike begins near Sahalie Falls. The trail leads to the top for an up-close and personal view of the rushing water. It then meanders up the river and around to the other side before leading you down the hill to the top of Koosah Falls.
The trail winds you through large fir trees with scents that should be bottled and inserted into a candle. Once you pass a slightly obstructed side view of Koosah falls, the trail continues to follow the decline until you reach the Carmen Reservoir.
This stunning hike loops back across the river and to the bottom of both Koosah and Sahalie Falls before returning you to the parking lot. At the bottom of Koosah falls, you may even see some crazy cliff jumpers plummeting into the cold water at the base.
The Sahalie and Koosah falls trails provide an enjoyable way to take in views of one of the most scenic places in Oregon. The trail features moderate terrain and plenty of trees to provide shade during a warm Oregon spring day.
Oregon Caves: An Iconic Oregon Destination
The Oregon Caves feature plenty of wonder and history to occupy your thoughts this spring. This Oregon destination is one we highly recommend you plan to see.
The 15,000 feet of cavernous underground passageways of the Oregon Caves were discovered in 1874. They have a long history of tourism and failed business attempts.
Today, the caves are part of the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve and see over 80,000 visitors per year. Cave tours are available daily and with many options.
The main cave tours have you follow a guide through the safer and partially man-made pathways inside the natural wonder of the cave. You can dive deeper into the caves with the off trail caving tour. This tour takes small groups for a real caving experience. You’ll crawl on your stomach, duck down low and make your way through natural passageways as low as 19 inches tall.
The Oregon Caves is one of the most famous and scenic places in southern Oregon, so this spring is a perfect time to plan your cave experience!
Silver Creek Falls- The Oregon Spring Waterfall Destination
One of our best springtime Oregon destinations is Silver Falls trail. What better way is there to burn off all those snacks you’ve eaten over the cold winter months than to take the 7 mile ten waterfalls hike?.
Silver Falls State Park is home to 10 waterfalls, hiking, picnicking, camping, horseback riding areas, and youth camps. Aside from the 7 mile waterfall trails, shorter loops and out and back trails will take you directly to many of the falls. In addition, 35 additional miles of trails crisscross around the state park and can be accessed by hikers, horses, dogs, and bikes.
If you’re looking for spring break ideas, there are few scenic places in Oregon that pack this kind of punch. The Silver Falls lodge even offers rooms and dining options, so hwy not make it a multi-day experience.
Where to Go for a Scenic Drive this Oregon Spring
Did you know Oregon had a perfectly intact grassland near a vast canyon? Neither did we.
If you’re wondering where to go for a scenic drive, The Zumwalt prairie is one of the most scenic places in eastern Oregon just 24 miles from Joseph. During the late Oregon spring, the prairie features tall grasses which sway in the breeze among brightly colored wildflowers.
The Buckhorn Lookout provides vast canyon views that will make you want to stop and sit for a while. Actually, bringing a picnic lunch is highly recommended for this trip.
A variety of wildlife can also be seen at this Oregon destination. On this trip keep your eyes peeled for elk, cougars, eagles, coyotes, bobcats and more.
The road through the prairie and up to the lookout can get a little rough, so it is best to drive slowly and take a vehicle with great tires and good ground clearance. The trip will take you far out away from civilization, so be sure to fill up your fuel tank, as well as your food and water rations before taking the trip.
Thompson Mills- One of Oregon’s Historical Scenic Places
Thompson Mills is one of the most unique places to visit in Oregon. Built in 1858, this destination is located in Shedd Oregon, at the site of what used to be the town of Boston. In 1871, the Oregon California railroad laid its tracks just a mile from the mill. Soon after, the residents abandoned the town and relocated to the tracks, in what is now called Shedd, and the town of Boston disappeared overnight.
Thompson Flouring Mills stood as a staple to the small Oregon community for many years, and saw several additions and expansions. By the mid 40’s the mill had stopped processing flour and instead switched to producing animal feed until the closure in 2002.The mill building now stands alone, with just the Mill Keepers house by its side.
Today, the Mill is an enjoyable and relaxing Oregon spring destination. With many outdoor experiences, it’s definitely best to visit during a sunny late spring day.
This underrated scenic place offers guided tours hosted by the rangers who are stationed there. The tours outline the history of the Thompson Mills, as well as how the mill works. For a couple short minutes, your tour guide will power up a small section of the mill to showcase its function as well as previous working conditions.The mill used to be water powered, but today, the demonstrations use electricity.
Outbuildings outside the Mill provide opportunities for additional exploration, as do the dam and mill pond. The nearby Mill Keeper’s house is not open for visitors, but we highly recommend taking a look at the architecture on the exterior.
Scattered about the lawns, you will find chickens and ducks begging for food. Small vending machines dispense poultry treats for just a quarter, so be sure to bring some change!
Thompson Mills provides a great opportunity to learn about local history in an immersive way. It’s also a great place to stop and enjoy a warm spring day with your family.
Get Dreaming Today
Now that we’ve provided you with travel inspiration for some of Oregon’s destinations, be sure to bookmark this page for easy reference once it’s time to get out and explore again.