This 586-ac demonstration forest is managed by Benton County Parks for environmental education and research. Habitats include riparian forest, streams, Douglas-fir forest, mixed forest, oak savanna, and grassland. Firm gravel trails provide good access on trail portions near the parking lot. More challenging loops of up to 5 mi extend to the upper park. Watch for resident Varied Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Chestnut-backed and Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Sapsucker and Pileated Woodpecker. In spring look for Hermit, Wilson’s and MacGillivray’s Warblers, and listen for courtship calls of the resident Sooty Grouse and Mountain Quail, as well as Barred Owls, which have expanded into the Coast Range.
From Philomath go W on US Hwy 20 for 5 mi to Wren (village, no services). Turn R on Hwy 223 (Kings Valley Hwy). Go 4.7 mi and turn R into paved parking area.