Alsea Falls

Back Roads of Benton County

Highway 34: Willamette Valley to Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

Who's up for a leisurely drive through pretty towns and lovely little villages, through gorgeously forested mountains alongside meandering rivers, all the way to the stunning Pacific coast? If your answer is "I am!" then try the Highway 34 Scenic Byway.

This trip brings you from I5 through Corvallis and Philomath, past Marys Peak and Alsea Falls through the Coastal Range, all the way to Waldport, nestled on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Along the way you'll pass plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure.

Corvallis

Corvallis, Oregon

Corvallis, Oregon has plenty to offer, from great restaurants to plenty of things to do and see. Stay the night here, and get your start on Highway 34 first thing in the morning, so you can spend your day enjoying the drive and exploring. If you need a little help planning your trip, or finding things to do in town for the evening, stop in to our visitors center at 420 NW 2nd Street. We'll be happy to help you out!

Philomath

Philomath, Oregon is an adorable and busy little town situated along Highway 34. Must-see stops include the Benton County Museum and the Myrtlewood Mystique Gallery. While you're there, consider stopping by Eats & Treats Cafe for a quick bite to eat, or popping in to Jillicious Desserts for a sweet snack for the drive. Both the Wine Vault and Spindrift Cellars are right in Philomath, too, so you may want to arrange a designated driver and do a bit of wine tasting on the way.

Marys Peak

Beautiful Marys Peak is just a short drive out of Philomath, down HW34. Turn off on the Marys Peak Access Road and drive up to the parking lot near the top of the mountain. Be prepared for a twisty-turny drive as you wind your way upwards. At the parking lot you'll find access to meadows, a rustic bathroom, hiking and biking trails, amazing views and great picnicking spots. Learn more about Marys Peak.

Alsea Falls

The Alsea Falls Recreation Area is just a short jaunt off HW34, about 10 miles along South Fork Road. Alsea Falls is a lovely place for hiking, biking, splashing in the river, or having a picnic. There's miles of trails to explore, two beautiful waterfalls, and plenty of pretty old and new growth forest. Learn more about Alsea Falls.

Other Notable Stops Along the Way

The Thyme Garden

There's no shortage of gorgeous scenery along the drive to the coast, and there's a few other great places to stop, too. Keep an eye out for the Thyme Garden, a great little place to stop for a quick bit of shopping and a stroll through some gorgeous gardens. Clemens Park is another option that offers hiking, splashing in the river, bathrooms, and great spots to picnic. And don't miss the Hayden Covered Bridge, one of only seven remaining covered bridges in Oregon that were built before 1920.

If you're feeling like maybe there's just too much to see and do on this drive for one day, don't worry! Book a stay at Leaping Lamb Farm, enjoy a peaceful night in homey comfort, and stretch your adventure across two days.

Waldport

Waldport is a cute little coast town that butts right up to the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to stop by the Alsea Bay Historic Interpretive Center and check out the Fisher School (Five Rivers) Covered Bridge. Just a couple miles south of Waldport is the Beachside State Recreation Site, with plenty of beach to explore. Visit www.Waldport.org to find more to see and do while you're there. Plan a stay in Waldport, and extend your trip with another gorgeous drive: the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

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