Not too far from anywhere and close to everything, Sweet Home is located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range, on the edge of Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley. Journey west to the coast, east to the high desert or north to Portland’s metropolis; it is easy to experience all the great state has to offer within two hours in any direction.
Sweet Home is a small town with a great quality of life. A developing, yet tranquil, city that remains focused on maintaining an optimal rural lifestyle. Inherently found in non-urban society, residents possess positive values that focus on intrapersonal relationships, where neighbors genuinely care about the community and make volunteering a priority. This small community has developed and strengthened its connection to the land, to heritage and among the people who live in them. Frequent contact helps to forge lasting relationships as a foundation to the tight knit community. Folks looking for an experience just off the beaten path soon become immersed in the uncomplicated milieu.
Determined to sustain a vital community for years to come, Sweet Home continues to guarantee viability through continued investment. Community leaders encourage new and expansion of current business opportunities for ongoing economic development. Recent improvements have been made to the city’s infrastructure through upgrades to the water and waste systems, as well as a new police building and community facility. The city also maintains over 140 acres of scenic local parks with a variety of amenities for public use; ranging from small neighborhood playgrounds to acres of unspoiled nature, for recreation and relaxation. In addition, greater attention has been given to medical care such as easier access to physicians and physical therapy services, as well as assisted and non-assisted living facilities for seniors.
The education system is a priority in a community largely populated by growing families; both as one of the largest employers and as a necessity for raising well rounded children. Investments in local educational facilities include a complete remodel of the high school to incorporate an on-site extension of Linn Benton Community College. Collaboratively, the school district and community are dedicated to strong academics as well as a comprehensive program that includes the arts, music, vocational education and athletics. Solid partnerships between students, staff and parents are of the utmost importance; working together insures that all students reach their full potential.
Sweet Home is lucky to offer a wide variety of options to satisfy the health conscious way of life. Fitness is becoming favorably regarded as necessary to a healthy lifestyle, and many options to keeping fit include natural resources, it makes sense to combine the two. Whether attending one of the local fitness facilities; running or hiking on local trails; participating in one of the community sponsored athletic events, swimming, kayaking or simply enjoying one of seventeen area parks, healthy living opportunities abound!
Though built on industry, Sweet Home blends itself ecologically with its most important heritage; nature. Surrounded by 1,500 square miles of wilderness, it is a low elevation year round destination. Limitless potential abounds in the varied landscape of high mountains, narrow canyons, cascading streams, and wooded slopes. The Willamette National Forest offers a stunning choice of year round recreation for day-trippers and vacationers alike from viewing wildlife, hiking, camping, fishing or snow skiing in the Cascade Mountains to picnicking, kayaking or water-skiing one of our scenic waterways. Ever changing wilderness areas present a striking backdrop for the photographer in everyone.
For the water enthusiast, Foster Lake and Green Peter Reservoirs create a natural theme-park on a six thousand acre water playground starting virtually on the edge of town. The sprawling lakes provide fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, wake-boarding, and tubing possibilities. Each offer water craft accessibility via boat ramps and several moorage docks; day use as well camping areas allow easy approach. For those who prefer an experience ‘off the beaten path’ many spots along the 66 miles of shoreline can be accessed by using a little ingenuity and possibly breaking trail.
Several additional waterways surrounding Sweet Home add to the recreational experience. The South Santiam River and Quartzville Creek flow out of the Cascade Mountains and into Green Peter Reservoir. Regulated by the dams, the South Santiam continues from Green Peter into Foster Lake and on past Sweet Home. Considered one of Oregon’s best destination spots for Steelhead and Chinook salmon, the South Santiam River is a ‘don’t miss’ stop for the avid fisherman.
In addition to catching trout, Quartzville Creek is in demand by an increasing number of people interested in recreational mining and rock hounding. Historically named after the quartz rock formations found along with the gold in the mines, the area is also known for the discovery of agates, arrow heads, many different kinds of petrified wood, fossilized leaves and crystal geodes. It’s easy to see that this area is a little gem in more ways than one!
Sweet Home is a picture perfect location that lives by the motto ‘a great quality of life’. Rich in small town values and area pride it is committed to sustaining a high standard of services through continuous investment; ensuring that Sweet Home will be a viable community for years to come. Surrounded by 1,500 miles of wilderness providing an abundance of natural resources and recreational opportunities to be enjoyed, it’s easy to understand why Sweet Home is ‘Oregon at its best’!