Sweet Home: Gateway to the Santiam Playground


Sweet Home has been the last stopping point for travellers entering the Cascade Mountains since its first settlers arrived in the 1850s. Long a center for logging and mining, the community is built on a vast, prehistoric petrified forest and is well-known for the treasures found in the area – agate, jasper, crystals, minerals, and gold.

In and out of town are the South Santiam and Calapooia rivers, Foster and Green Peter lakes, and miles of rolling hills and mountains covered with tall firs, cedars and hardwoods – a perfect place to hike, bike, swim, boat and a host of other activities. Immediately below Foster Dam is the South Santiam Fish Hatchery, where salmon and steelhead are born and raised before making their way to the ocean and, to the delight of many local fishermen, back again.

Sweet Home is also home to the Oregon Jamboree, the Northwest’s largest camping and country music festival, the annual South Santiam Mud Fest, the East Linn Museum featuring local history, period restaurants that remind visitors of the good old’ days, covered bridges and the world’s largest manufacturer of metal detectors for treasure hunting.

If you love the outdoors, mountain scenery, boating or wildlife, Sweet Home is the place to start. Come visit us and enjoy the Great Outdoors!

Check out the video below to learn more about Sweet Home and the people who make it tick!