Philomath is located mid-Willamette Valley with a population of close to 5,000. Established at the base of Marys Peak, the tallest peak in the Coast Range, Philomath is just West of Corvallis and Oregon State University and a short 45 minute drive from the Oregon Coast. This unique location offers very diverse opportunities including hiking and mountain biking on Marys Peak, Division I sports at Oregon State University, fishing on the Alsea River, or wine tasting at local wineries.
The City is located on the north bank of the Marys River, a tributary of the Willamette River. Marys River Park, a City park in the southwest part of the town, is a peaceful natural area that attracts residents and visitors alike. The rodeo grounds, adjacent to the park property, are host to the annual Philomath Frolic and Rodeo.