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Eugene and Vicinity

Eugene is the second largest city in Oregon (after Portland), located at the confluence of the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers. The city lies in the WIllamette Valley about fifty miles (80 km) east of the Oregon Coast. Like other communities located within the rain shadow zone of the Coast Range Mountains, Eugene enjoys a moderate climate characterized by warm summers and cool, wet winters. Snowfall is sporadic and usually very light during the winter. The community is famous for its outdoor recreational opportunities, as is reflected by its official slogan: “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors.” The surrounding area is ideal for farming and available produce includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, plus livestock. Eugene is also home to the University of Oregon, one of the largest institutions in the Oregon university system.

  • Hiking the Mount Pisgah Arboretum

    Category: Exploring Nature Item

    Arguably one of the best outdoor areas in the Eugene area, the Mount Pisgah Arboretum is described as “a 209-acre living tree museum.” This guide will help you explore its numerous hiking trails, woodlands and riparian areas.

  • Oregon Route 126: From Florence to Eugene

    Category: General Article

    Commonly known as the Florence-Eugene Highway, OR 126 is 60 mile (96.5 km) stretch following the northern bank of the Siuslaw River and wending through the pristine rain forest of the Coast Mountain Range.

  • The Hole in the Rock

    Category: Way Find It

    This is an easy one... your challenge here is to literally find a large hole in a rock wall. Trust us, you can't miss it.

  • Sea Star Dance: Melding Music with Nature

    Category: General Article

    Moved by the outbreak of sea star wasting disease that ravaged the Oregon Coast in 2015, educators and students at Lane Community College came up with a musical way to raise awareness about the plague.

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