Bridge on the McKenzie River Trail, Willamette National Forest, Oregon
© Don Paulson/Danita Delimon
Willamette National Forest, Oregon
Our photo shows Oregon's McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, part of the Willamette National Forest. This trail winds by lakes, rivers, and springs, guiding you through shady old-growth forests. One highlight: the view overlooking Tamolich Blue Pool, a crystal-clear pool created by the river bubbling up into it. Willamette National Forest is named for the Willamette River, which rises in the forest and flows 300 kilometres north before meeting the mighty Columbia in Portland.