Welcome to Corvallis, voted one of the top ten places to live, and one of the most bike friendly and sustainable cities in the country. With a population of about 55,000, Corvallis offers diverse cultural opportunities without the bustle of a big urban center. Corvallis is small enough to walk anywhere, and lends itself to alternate transportation means. The buses are free, and there are bike lanes on most major streets, plus wonderful bike and pedestrian paths. Riverfront park, located downtown along the Willamette River is a good place to relax, watch wildlife, eat a picnic lunch or dine at one of the many quality restaurants overlooking the river. Central Park, a short walk from Zimfest and right across from the library, has a great play area and an abundance of vibrant flowers planted by our master gardeners.
Within a mile of Zimfest, Willamette Park awaits you with beaches along the river. Scenic hiking trails abound, including Bald Hill park and Chip Ross park, which offer views of the city and exercise as well!
More tourist information is available at http://www.visitcorvallis.com
Just a short walk on Madison past Ninth St. between Seventh and Eighth, you'll find Central Park to your left. Enjoy the nose candy of summer blooms, towering trees and a huge sand box for the kids. There are swings, a slide, and various other contraptions for kids to enjoy. Just to the south of the park is the Corvallis Art Center, where local artisans display and sell their wares and artwork. Keep going on Madison to downtown, where unique specialty shops made for browsing and scrumptious eateries abound for your dining pleasure.
Go south on 15th St. about four blocks, cross over Western Ave. and go over the highway to Avery Park. Enjoy walking through the aromatic rose garden while the kids play on an old train or crawl on stone sculptures. Once Highway 34 is crossed, follow the road over Mary's River. Bear left and back around to the Parks and Recreation Office; a refeshing swimming area is behind it, as well as several trails that lead to the river. Bear right to the grassy area of the park where the train, sculptures, frisbee-throwing and picnic spaces abound.
Walk east on Madison St. all the way to the river at First St. It is about 11 short blocks from the dorms. There are walking and bike paths along the river, and a plethora of palette-pleasing eateries. On Saturday morning, walk a bit further north on First St. to the Saturday Market which offers local homegrown produce, breads, flowers, cheeses, food vendors, music and more!
Explore Willamette Park's unspoiled trails and beaches further south of town by taking 15th St. south to Western and turning left. Go to Fourth St., turn right and go over the bridge past the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op to the next signal, Crystal Lake Dr. Turn left and continue, turning left immediately before the street turns right. Park in the parking lot and go left to the boat launch or right to reach the trails; most of the park is designated off-leash for dogs. Kayak from points along the river downstream to Michael's Landing, or even further to Hayak Park in Albany. Contact Peak Sports to rent a kayak and get the skinny.
Go north on 10th St., which becomes Highland Dr., and turn left on NW Lester Ave.or go north to the end of NW 29th St. (alternative entrance). This park has a fabulous view of Corvallis, the Willamette Valley, the Cascades and the Coast Range, and is a designated off-leash area for dogs.
Take 14th St. about three blocks north to Harrison, which is a one-way street going west. Take a left and go all the way through town past 53rd St. Continue about two miles and look for the park entrance on the left. Park, bring a lunch and walk up to Bald Hill, which begins with a flat walk through fields for about a half mile, then goes up a fairly steep hill leading to a sweeping 180-degree view of Corvallis; the hike is about one-and-a-half miles total. The park can also be accessed via a bike path from the west end of Campus Way.
Garden fresh produce from local growers, delectable hot food bar and deli, homemade cookies
and tasty organic foods make the Co-Op a great place to shop for all your food needs! Take
Western to Fourth St., make a left and go over the bridge; it's on your left.
Located downtown at 136 SW Third St., Evergreen serves mouth-watering Indian food weekdays at their sumptuous lunch buffet from 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner is 5-9:30pm. You won't be disappointed!
Local, sustainable and organic, this venue serves wonderful food for lunch or dinner from local
growers, creating their distinctive pizzas in a cobb oven.
Be sure to try their luscious desserts, smoothies and
drinks. Located just south of the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op; look for the cobb
Check out the vivid colors and unique fashions at Second Glance! New, one-of-a-kind, name-brand clothes and shoes come
Walk up Madison, take a right on 3rd St. and go south past Jefferson; it's
on the right, just before Bank of America.
Located at the corner of Madison and Third, this reasonably-priced store has an abundance of handicrafts and clothing from Indigenous peoples, and lots to see!
Restaurants are on the north side; closest are listed first.
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