Marci Sischo | 03/11/2022 | Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries, Downtown Corvallis, Outdoor Recreation, Spring

5 Springtime Activities to Enjoy in Corvallis

March heralds the return of Spring to the Willamette Valley, bringing with it plenty to see, do, discover, and enjoy, from farm-fresh food to outdoors recreation.

Spring in Corvallis means colorful flowers, opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, farm stands farmers markets full of fresh fruits and veggies, and more. We're eagerly anticipating the opening of our local wineries and looking forward to hitting the trails around Benton County - we can't wait to enjoy the stunning beauty and marvelous bounty of our area in spring.

If you're in Benton County or planning to visit in the next couple of months, here are five fantastic ways to celebrate spring around Corvallis.

1. Oregon Wildflowers Around Corvallis

It's wildflower season in Oregon! Spring means gorgeous blooms of color here in the Willamette Valley, starting as early as March for some flowers, and lasting well into summer. Grab your hiking gear and head out on our trails to find yellow sand verbenas, red columbine, elegant brodiaea, fireweed, glacier lilies, scalloped onion, harsh Indian paintbrush, Cardwell’s penstemon, spreading phlox, and more.

Find wildflower hikes in Benton County.

2. Hiking & Biking Around Benton County & Corvallis

The warmer temperatures, pleasant breezes, and bright blue skies of spring in the Willamette Valley mean that it's time to hit the trails, whether by bicycle or on foot. And here in Benton County, you have plenty of fantastic trails for all ability levels to choose from. Enjoy everything from short pleasant strolls to day-long treks, while taking in stunning scenery and plenty of wildlife watching and bird watching.

Learn more about hiking and biking around Benton County.

3. Corvallis Farmers Market

The Corvallis Farmers Market opens April 16, 2022, bringing with it fresh fruits, veggies, meat, dairy, baked goods, and more, all from Benton County and the five counties surrounding us. The Corvallis Farmers Market happens on First Street, between Jackson and Monroe Avenues, every Wednesday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April through November.

Learn more about the Corvallis Farmers Market.

4. Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail

The Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail highlights the agricultural treasures you'll find in Linn and Benton Counties, offering farm stands and farmers markets, classes and workshops, ranch tours, farm stays, historic sites, cultural centers, and more. Tour and taste your way around the heart of the Willamette Valley on this Food Trail.

Discover the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail and download the free Food Trail digital passport so you can earn prizes as you visit stops on the trail.

5. Oregon Wine

Monday, May 30, 2022 is Memorial Day, and Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of the season here in wine country. Wineries all around the Willamette Valley, including right here in Benton County, will be throwing open their tasting room doors to celebrate the holiday with sales, deals, special tastings, concerts, and more.

Learn more about Benton County wineries, and pick up a Heart of Willamette Wine Passport or two to make the most of the weekend!

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