The 10 Most Beautiful Counties In Oregon

Helen Armitage

From its dramatic, rugged coastline and winding rivers to its mountainous forestland and high desert country, Oregon boasts an abundance of diversely beautiful scenery. Here, we travel the scenic state’s most beautiful counties from coastal Curry County to central Oregon’s Deschutes County.

The Painted Hill, Wheeler County

Wheeler County

Wheeler County, in north-central Oregon, is the state’s least populated county and boasts an abundance of varied, rugged terrain awaiting to delight visitors. The John Day River, a designated National Wild and Scenic River, cuts its way across the state, linking tiny communities like Service Creek and Spray and offers a scenic way to see the county by raft. The small town of Mitchell, a pioneer town brimming with rustic charm, is a great base for exploring one of the county’s most scenic areas, the awe-inspiring Painted Hills. Named one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon, the Painted Hills’ undulating, multi-hued terrain has seen the county called a ‘geological wonderland.’

Wheeler County, OR, USA

Shore Acres State Park, Coos County

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