Eugene Oregon | Covered Bridges and Beach Trip

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After our adventures in Lamoille Canyon it was nice to have full hook-ups again for a month. Using Eugene, Oregon as a home base, we set off to explore the area’s covered bridges, waterfalls, and even made a day trip back to the beautiful Oregon Coast! A visit to Eugene would not be complete without checking out some of the local restaurants, so we even did a take-out food tour! Click below to see what we did with our month in Eugene, Oregon:

Oregon’s Covered Bridges

Unbeknownst to us, Oregon used to have 450+ covered bridges. This is the kind of thing we’d expect to see in New England, not the Pacific Northwest! We just happened to drive past one of them on our way to our campground and looked it up. Sure enough, it’s easy to see a couple dozen of them in the Eugene area alone. We really enjoyed having tailgate picnics by the covered bridges in the Northeast back in 2019, so we made sure to do that same here!

Coast Day Trip and Waterfall Hike

The town of Florence is just under 90 minutes from where we were parked in Eugene. From there we went just a little way up Hwy 101 to the Strawberry Hill pull out to check out the beach. Our stay at Harris Beach State Park earlier in the year only made us want to return to the coast to explore the tidal pools with the kids. While the tide schedule didn’t fully cooperate, we still managed to explore the spectacular tidal pools at Strawberry Hill at a lower tide. It did not disappoint! Later in the month we came back almost all the way to Florence to the Sweet Creek Falls Trailhead. We only made it to 3 or 4 of the 11 waterfalls before little legs dictated our return, but it was worth the trip!

Where to Stay in Eugene, Oregon

There are several RV park options in the area. Deerwood RV Park at the southeast corner of Eugene is currently our #1 favorite for private RV parks. They only offer monthly rates in the off season, but we really lucked out on this visit with an especially warm and dry October. We have stayed at this park before, but this time we opted for a premium site and have decided that it was such a nice site that this will be our preferred method of visiting Eugene in the future.

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