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Miller Woods Conservation Area

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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  • Grassland to the south of the parking lot. There are designated trails here, but they are barely noticeable.- Miller Woods Conservation Area
  • A pond near the parking lot.- Miller Woods Conservation Area
  • A narrow bridge over a tributary of Berry Creek.- Miller Woods Conservation Area
  • The outer loop trail.- Miller Woods Conservation Area
  • Clear cut and a small grove of birch trees.- Miller Woods Conservation Area
  • Pristine forest in the northern segment of the area.- Miller Woods Conservation Area
  • The outer loop trail through a young forest.- Miller Woods Conservation Area
  • - Miller Woods Conservation Area
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Pros: 
Lots of old-growth forest. Light traffic.
Cons: 
Some clear-cut areas at the perimeter of the woods.
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Region:
Willamette Valley, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Miller Woods is a small, privately-run natural area a few of miles outside of the city of McMinnville in the northwest part of the Willamette Valley. A trail traces the perimeter of this L-shaped, 130-acre area, and there are additional connecting trails and service roads throughout the area. While there is no single waterfall or vista that is remarkably impressive, Miller Woods is a great destination for more intimate and interactive natural experiences or for groups learning about forest ecosystems and management or riparian areas. The land was donated to the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District in 2004 by Frieda Miller, who had settled it with her husband, K.T. in 1967. It is a well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing area of Yamhill County that few people know about, offering a surprising amount of solitude, despite its proximity to McMinnville.

The trails that lead from the parking lot through a small grassland area are fairly poorly marked, though maps are available. Once you reach the abundant wooded areas of Miller Woods, however, various numbered and colored posts will easily guide hikers throughout the area on much more well-defined trails. The outer loop trail is roughly 3 to 4 miles long in full with very gradual elevation gain and loss throughout the area. Most of the wooded areas are quite pristine and lush, but some segments of the outer loop trail pass near areas that were clear-cut years ago.

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