Things to Do

If you're new to Oregon, you'll soon discover that summers are why we natives can endure the rain throughout the year. With clear, sunny skies and perfect temperatures, summer is the ideal time to explore the many scenic and natural wonders of this great city. In other words, it doesn't get much better than a summer in Corvallis.

Students in JavaStop in the Memorial Union

Fun on campus

Studying is a top priority this summer, but you don't have to look far for a good distraction when you need a break. There are so many things to do during summer on the OSU campus, and here are just a few things to keep you entertained while you're here:

Around Corvallis

Corvallis tourism office

Visit Corvallis
541-757-1544 / 800-334-8118
420 NW 2nd Street
The office provides guides and maps to Corvallis recreation, dining, lodging, bike ways, and transit systems as well as Pacific Northwest attractions. You can also find information on recreation and state-owned parks (reservations required at most parks for overnight camping).

Bike paths

Ribbons of bikeways ring Corvallis, hugging the edge of the Willamette River, heading west to Philomath and beyond. Bike paths and designated bike lanes stretch 55 miles in and around the city. Information is available through the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department, or from the Corvallis Tourism Office. A number of bike routes and mileage are also available from the OSU Triathlon Club.

Hiking trails

OSU's own McDonald-Dunn Forest, the Peavy Arboretum and nearby Siuslaw National Forest are laced with wooded trails winding up and down the foothills surrounding Corvallis. Many of these trails are multi-use and make great mountain biking trails as well. Trail maps are available on their websites, and OSU's Valley Library map room checks out USGS topographic maps for the Corvallis area.