Boardman Tree Farm is 2.5 hours east of Portland on I-84. I’ve been wanting to go to this autumn wonderland ever since seeing photos on instagram! I heard they sold the tree farm to potato and dairy farmers, and the trees were in the process of being cut down, which meant it’s now or never.
Okay, so maybe you have a little more time. They say the process might take a few years for all the trees to be gone, but you will see that large portions have already been cut down. Photographers who have come here year after year have said it has changed so much.
The trickiest part for us was timing our visit for after the leaves had changed colors but before they’ve fallen off. We drove out there at the beginning of October and the leaves hadn’t turned yet! That was a bummer. The second time we drove out in late October, we joked that with our luck, the leaves will probably be all on the ground, but to our surprise, the leaves were waiting for us in all their golden glory!
TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT TO BOARDMAN TREE FARM
- You are no longer allowed on the property (it’s considered trespassing), but you can still take photos from the roadside. We took our photos along the edge, but we’re not sure how strict they are.
- The type of trees grown here are Pacific Albus, a hybrid of 4 or 5 different poplar trees.
- When you should go depends year to year, but you can check out fall foliage reports on Oregon Fall Foliage to get a general idea.
- Central Oregon and Willamette Valley usually get their peak fall colors before the Gorge.
- Want to see more fall foliage in Oregon? Read 12 Places to See Fall Colors in Oregon.
- If you’re in Portland, check out the best Portland spots for fall foliage.
Where have you been leaf peeping this season?
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