Take Your Pick in Hood River Valley

With acres upon acres of farms and orchards, Hood River is a top pick for summer and fall visitors – literally! The Hood River Valley features numerous u-pick spots, offering such seasonal pleasures as cherries, berries, pears, apples, and pumpkins, plus flowers and fresh lavender.

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Most of the u-pick farms are located on the 35-mile-long Hood River County Fruit Loop, a self-driving tour that winds its way up toward Mount Hood and back, featuring 28 stops at farm stands, u-pick farms, wineries, cideries and lavender farms. Grab a free Fruit Loop map anywhere along the Loop, or pick one up at the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center (720 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River).

Want to do some pre-planning? The official Hood River County Fruit Loop website is a great resource, with a guide to the harvest seasons, an online map and a listing of current u-pick farms.

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Top u-pick tips:

  • Call ahead to check on fruit availability.
  • Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
  • Grab your friends and create a Fruit Loop carpool.
  • Stop in Hood River after you’ve picked your fill and refuel at a local brewery or restaurant.

Throughout the summer and fall, the Fruit Loop is chock-full of special events, including Cherry Days (June), the Lavender DAZE Festival (June), the Summer Fruit Celebration (August), Gravenstein Apple Days (September) and Pumpkin Patches (October). For a full event calendar, go here.

For more information on what else the Hood River County Fruit Loop has to offer – including cideries, wineries, jams, pies and more – go here.

Happy fruit and flower picking, Hood River style!

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