Over 500 miles of trails welcome hikers and mountain bike riders. Trails in National Forest lands zigzag through huckleberry fields, old growth groves, mountain peaks, enchanting waterfalls, and peaceful meadows. The famous Pacific Crest Trail; rich with history and scenic beauty, intersects numerous routes in the trail system.
As snow flies over the mountains, challenging downhill, snowboard and cross country ski trails a wait the visitor. Whispers of silence fill the air as the skier and boarders enjoys breathtaking scenery and varied trail experiences that accommodate every skiing and snowboarding ability. Trails are clearly marked so skier, snowboarders and snowmobile enthusiasts will have their own unique experience.
There are also many scenic drives in the area. One loop drive will take you to Hills Creek Reservoir along Forest Service Road 21, past Warner Mountain Fire Lookout, along the Diamond Peak Wilderness boundary and then back toward Oakridge. Pack a picnic lunch or return to town for a fine meal at one of the many restaurants. Check the map for other trips, or contact the Middle Fork Ranger District for more information.
For those who enjoy less physical and more intellectual forms of recreation, you'll find a number of things to enjoy in Oakridge and Westfir. There are many short hikes to waterfalls and overlooks, edible mushrooms to hunt and great restaurants where you can sit back and watch the sun go down.
History buffs enjoy the Oakridge Pioneer Museum, located at 76433 Pine Street, in the Uptown area. It is open Saturdays and by appointment. Call 541-782-2402.
Those who want to see the state's longest covered bridge and the only one with a pedestrian walkway should drive over to Westfir to see the Office Covered bridge. This magnificent span once served as the path to and from the old Western Fir, later Hines Lumber Mill. Workers from the mill would take the pedestrian side to the mill office to pick up their pay script at what is now the Westfir Lodge Bed and Breakfast.
Is Nature your thing? Our local Fish Hatchery is a working fish farm for trout, sturgeon and salmon and also features a small zoo of native birds, a natural history museum, interpretative paths, a mini-golf course that teaches you the likelihood of survival of fish in the wild, picnic area and museum of elegantly carved wood. You can feed the fish, enjoy the immaculately landscaped grounds and relax along the quiet paths near Salmon Creek.
Theatre buffs can enjoy performances by Zero Clearances Theatre. This small local troupe performs original and classic theatrical productions.
Music lovers will find a variety of styles at our annual Concerts in the Park series each summer. For more information about the performances at the Siuslaw Bank Amphitheatre contact the City of Oakridge at 541-782-2258.
There is a 9-hole golf course, as well as parks with t-ball fields, playgrounds, and boat launches.