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Top 11 Wonderful Things About Corvallis, Oregon!

Corvallis is a diverse and vibrant city offering a variety of different neighborhoods: from apartments, town homes, condos, and modest homes up to high-end mansions, and everything in between. People here are friendly, kind, and community-minded and many volunteer their time in local organizations. Whether you like outdoor activities, music, restaurants, music, or the arts, there is plenty to do in Corvallis! Corvallis is a bike friendly town with over 100 miles of bike lanes, bike paths and trails to ride on. Many people commute to work and school via bikes. Corvallis prides itself on lots of green spaces and parks. There are miles of trails to walk, run, ride your bike, or horse nearby. Do you like sports? You can catch a game or sports competition at OSU or a Knights baseball game. The music scene here is diverse: from classical symphonies, and orchestras, local choirs, bands playing around town in different venues and concerts in the park to street performers, there is something for everyone's taste. Downtown Corvallis has great shopping, restaurants, bars, brewpubs, wine tasting and art galleries. Festivals, art fairs, the county fair, dog shows, lectures and many clubs and organizations to join, you'll never lack in something to do in Corvallis. We're an hour from the coast, 90 minutes to Portland and about 2 hours to the mountains. Come and see why we love Corvallis!

Oregon State University

Oregon State University provides a wide range of courses of study from Veterinarian Medicine to the Sciences to Engineering and more. OSU is a big part of the Corvallis community and provides an abundance of opportunities of things to do: sports, music, theater, lectures, etc.

River Walk along the Willamette River

A lovely place to walk along the river or stop to rest at the many benches along the walk way. Young children love to splash in the fountains in the summertime, and there are some picnic tables to have your lunch or dinner outside. The Farmer's Market in adjacent to the walkway on First Street, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., from early spring to late fall. There is an indoor Farmer's Market in the winter months located at the Fairgrounds.

Downtown Corvallis

Downtown Corvallis is a lively place to be: You won't find chain stores here. From unique shops and incredible restaurants and micro-breweries, to movie theaters, and live theater (the Majestic Theater) and art galleries, Corvallis' downtown area is thriving. Enjoy the Farmer's Market every Wednesday and Saturday morning (in season) and stroll along the River Walk.

Bald Hill Natural Area

Situated on the west side of town, Bald Hill Natural Area is one of the local's favorite places to go for a walk or run. With both paved and dirt trails, there is something for everyone. Visit the historic barn, or take the loop trail to the top of Bald Hill, where you'll be rewarded with beautiful views of Corvallis and Mary's Peak.

Fitton Green Natural Area

A beautiful place to go for a walk and see lovely views of Corvallis and the surrounding hills. This 308-acre natural area is named after Elsie Fitton Ross (Fitton is her maiden name), who, along with her husband, Charles Ross, and in partnership with the Greenbelt Land Trust, helped fund the acquisition of this resource.
Fitton Green is located directly west of Bald Hill City Park in Corvallis and has been open to the public since the Fall of 2003.
The Fitton Green management plan includes 3 staging/public access locations, environmental interpretation information, and trails that connect with the Cardwell Hill Trail that runs from Corvallis to Kings Valley.

McDonald Dunn Forest

McDonald-Dunn Forest is an OSU Research Forest that is open to the public for recreation. There are miles and miles of trails and roads (no vehicles allowed) to walk, run, bike or horse-back ride. The Old Growth Forest and Ridge Trail are 2 local favorites. You can connect this forest and ride to the Aboretum or Chip Ross Park for a longer outing. Maps are available at the trail head parking area on Lewisburg Saddle.

Peavy Arboretum

The Peavy Arboretum is located just north of Corvallis and it is a popular gateway to explore the further reaches of McDonald Forest and has provided an outdoor teaching lab for generations of both children and adults. The Arboretum's history is a rich one, with ancient Native American sites, the home of the original Oregon State Forest Nursery, as well as the site of a Civilian Conservation Corp camp in the 1930's. Presently, the Arboretum houses the College Forest field office and staff. There are several nature and hiking trails here.


Timberhill is a housing development located in the NW quadrant of Corvallis. Timberhill Athletic Club provides a gym, pool, courts, a kid's playroom, exercise classes, massages and more. There are several membership options. Walking trails throughout the development connect into nearby green space and miles of hiking trails.

Corvallis Country Club and Golf Course

Corvallis Country Club is located in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains. It blends time-honored golf traditions with modern conveniences, it boasts a magnificent championship golf course, various golf, pool, tennis and social amenities. Corvallis Country Club offers personalized service and exclusive privileges that brought it recognition as one of the best private clubs in the Pacific Northwest.
Image Courtesy of: Scott Brenner

Willamette Landing

On the south side of Corvallis along the Willamette River, is a newer housing development. Houses range from smaller, first-time home buyer sizes to larger family homes. Homes are subject to an HOA, which provides a park, pool and workout facility. It is adjacent to the Willamette River, giving access to a walking/bike path that connects to the Crystal River Sports Park area and into town.

Good Samaritan Hospital

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is one of only four ‘Level II’ trauma centers in the state; it offers dozens of medical specialties and is the largest hospital in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties. The hospital offers comprehensive cancer care, a full-service cardiology and cardiovascular surgery program, a sleep lab, neurosurgery and other services. The medical center's staff consists of over 1,700 employees and 200 volunteers and it is licensed to operate 188 beds.

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Top 11 Wonderful Things About Corvallis, Oregon!