Recently, Travel Oregon has been slammed quite nicely if I may add by questions from potential visitors to Oregon. So, as you will see in the question and answer here, sometimes two ambassadors are much better than one when it comes to fun, food and wine in the Willamette Valley!
here's the question:
"A group of women hikers will be staying in Sheridan, Oregon for three days in June 2012. We plan to go to Silver Falls State Park one day and possibly the ocean another. Do you have suggestions for a hike the third day and also for fun spots to eat and wine taste?"
Silver Falls State Park is a great place for hiking. Waterfalls, rivers and awesome trails galore in such a gorgeous setting. You will love it! On the third day, I'd like to entice you check out my favorite place in the Willamette Valley to hike! It's the McDonald Dunn Forest near Corvallis not far from where you will be based and there are hundreds of miles of trails to choose from. Check out the website: http://www.cof.orst.edu/cf/forests/mcdonald/ Hiking some of the "old growth" forest areas will remind you of movie sets you swear you've seen before. And a little secret... movies have been filmed there in areas where moss drips off of old trees and streams run wild through fallen debris providing a base for many species of fern and other indigenous plants that bank the very well maintained trails. There are perfect spots for a picnic too or you may choose to hike hard and long and then find you are ready for my favorite pizza place in Corvallis... American Dream on 2nd Avenue! Order your pizza and beer and head upstairs to the rooftop and enjoy... my idea of a perfect day in the Willamette Valley!
Hope you get to hit the trails near Corvallis and check out that pizza too! Let me know if I can help you further and have a great trip!
Travel Oregon AskOR Willamette Valley Ambassador