GPS Coordinates: 44.5629509, -123.3537484
REGIONS > WESTERN OREGON > WILLAMETTE VALLEY
This small city lies where Highway US Route 20 leaves the Coast Range Mountains and enters the Willamette Valley. Corvallis is best known as the hometown of the sprawling Oregon State University campus, an institution of higher learning with extensive programs in agriculture, forestry, natural resources and ocean studies.
Corvallis also lies at the intersection of the Willamette River and Marys River, two of the largest fresh water courses in the central part of the valley. The Willamette flows north past the city and becomes a major tributary to the Columbia River near Portland. The Marys River has its headwaters in the Coast Range Mountains to the west of Corvallis and becomes a tributary to the Willamette near the city’s center.
Outside of the university, the community has connected to the land through the establishment of extensive biking, walking, equestrian and hiking trails which wind their ways through the city and out into the farmland and wooded hills which surround it. Numerous parks and natural areas add to the outdoor exploration opportunities.
Additional information about the community can be found at the visitcorvallis.com website.
RELATED FEATURES: Colonel Hogg’s Great Railroad to the Pacific and Other Engineering Disasters | Bald is Beautiful | Russell's Very Big Turkey Count