Corvallis abounds in natural areas and forests. We’re known for forestry research, so along with hiking, biking, and more leisurely strolls through nature, Corvallis presents an opportunity to learn, as well.
- See our Things to Do Guide for more details about these forests and more.
Beazell Memorial Forest is a demonstration forest with four miles of trails and open space area managed with progressive ecosystem practices for environmental, education, and research opportunities.
McDonald Forest features interpretive trails showing aspects of forest ecology and management. Researchers work in McDonald Forest to answer questions like “What impacts do restoration projects have on oak woodlands, prairies, and savannahs?” and “What impacts do forest roads have on stream clarity and fish habitats?” And that’s just for starters – there are up to 80 different research projects happening in McDonald Forest.
Also inside McDonald Forest you’ll find Peavy Arboretum, a 40-acre preserve featuring over 200 native and exotic plant species and three different interpretive trails of its own. Visitors are warmly encouraged to explore these trails and learn more about forestry.
Starker Forest provides both guided and self-guided tours to become acquainted with their working forest and the great outdoors. They offer a quarter-mile walking trail, along with a more in-depth bus tour that is available every Wednesday from June through September. (Those interested in the bus tour will want to make reservations ahead of time – these tours fill up fast!)
Both of Starker Forests’ tours feature several points of interest, including 80-year-old timber stands and the historic Hull-Oaks Lumber Company, which is one of the last steam-powered sawmills in the nation. (Weekly tours for this facility are available, as well!)
Whether you seek to learn more about the inner workings of nature’s bounty, or you’re just looking for a lovely place to walk, go horse-riding, or bring the mountain bike, Corvallis has just the place for you.