Eugene, Oregon is a great base from which to enjoy the outdoors. Drive in any direction and you can experience beautiful scenery. Residents and visitors are an hour's drive west to the Oregon Coast or an hour's drive east to the Cascade Mountains. Rivers, waterfalls, old-growth forests, covered bridges, wineries, craft breweries and distilleries, plentiful campgrounds, many organic farms, fresh air, clean water, friendly people ... What more could you want?
Whenever my wife and I want to enjoy a day trip in or around Eugene, here are a few places we like to visit:
Orchard Point County Park on the north end of Fern Ridge Reservoir
Delta Ponds near Valley River Center
Cleawox Lake at Honeyman State Park