Wanna see some real-life farm country? Linn County, in the center of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, is a terrific place to get a sense of rustic peace and tranquility, with fields of beautiful green grass as far as the eye can see (we are the world’s leading producer of grass seed for lawns), pastures full of sheep and other livestock, and plenty of other agrarian sights, sounds and smells.
Those interested in actual touring through agricultural areas should consider the four Oregon Country Trails routes within Linn County:
Pioneer Country Trail – Starting at Harrisburg Area Museum, which is loaded with historic agricultural antiques, this route will take you to riverside parks and boat ramps in the south county, a nursery and family farm, the Thompson Mills State Heritage Site, a gallery of original local art, the Linn County Historical Museum and Moyer House in Brownsville, with stops at a bed and breakfast, a popular coffee house and an alpaca farm. Click here for a map and more info.
Covered Bridge Country Trail – Starting in Scio at a local favorite restaurant, this route takes you through bucolic farmland in the Scio and Lacomb areas, with suggested stops at riverside parks and boat ramps, produce and garden shops, an antique store, an arts and crafts store, and an alpaca farm. Click here for a map and more info.
Willamette River Country Trail – This route, through rich farm country surrounding Albany, along the Willamette River, starts at an organic farm market and takes you to stops at an estate-setting retreat spa, the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum, a classic Craftsman bed and breakfast, a lavender farm, a rare plant nursery that offers 500 varieties of fuchsia, and a popular farmer’s market. Click here for a map and more info.
2 Rivers Country Trail – This ambitious tour, three times the length of the other three in Linn County, also offers the greatest variety of attractions throughout the Lebanon and Sweet Home areas – too much to list here in detail. Start at a farm and nursery outside Lebanon and move on to an alpaca ranch, historic buildings, rich waterside parks, artists workshops and galleries, the Santiam Fish Hatchery, East Linn Museum, organic farms, an organic goat dairy, a ranch with a treasure trove of petrified wood, and Linn County’s only winery. Click here for a map and more info.