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Peavy Arboretum

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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  • The entrance to the Peavy Arboretum.- Peavy Arboretum
  • This gazebo and the nine ponderosa pines surrounding it commemorate the nine firefighters who lost their lives in the South Canyon fires of 1994.- Peavy Arboretum
  • The Intensive Management Trail was built by the Oregon State College of Forestry to increase biodiversity, improve forest health, and provide sustainable harvest.- Peavy Arboretum
  • The Calloway Creek Trail.- Peavy Arboretum
  • Calloway Creek.- Peavy Arboretum
  • Cronemiller Lake.- Peavy Arboretum
  • Cronemiller Lake.- Peavy Arboretum
  • Cronemiller Lake, an excellent spot for a picnic.- Peavy Arboretum
  • Located north of Cronemiller Lake is the George Brown Sports Arena, home of the OSU logging team's practice facilities. - Peavy Arboretum
  • Caps are the ignition source for dynamite and were held in this structure back in the 1930s. The explosives were used for road building and logging.- Peavy Arboretum
  • Douglas fir reigns supreme in the Willamette Valley.- Peavy Arboretum
  • A rewarding view along the Poweder House Trail.- Peavy Arboretum
  • A blooming thistle (Silybum Marianum).- Peavy Arboretum
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Peavy Arboretum
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Trees. Variety of trails. Great views. Picnicking.
Cons: 
No swimming in the lake.
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Region:
Willamette Valley, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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The Oregon Forest Nursery was originally a 6-acre tree cultivation site before it was dedicated to Oregon State University in 1926 and became the Peavy Arboretum, named after former dean of forestry, George Peavy. The Civilian Conservation Corps established Camp Arboretum in 1933 for the purposes of fire prevention and reforestation. The CCC also built roads, trails, and even constructed the stunning Cronemiller Lake. It wasn't until 1964 that the Oregon State School of Forestry would gain full control of the arboretum, and it is still in charge of managing the Arboretum to this day. The Oregon State School of Forestry has done a splendid job running and maintaining the arboretum, and it now encompasses 40 acres of beautiful land that has become Corvallis's premier destination for exciting and educational outdoor activities.

The Peavy Arboretum is a great stop for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages as it provides a variety of different activities and a rich habitat to observe, including over 100 unique, native, and noteworthy trees and shrubs. Guests of the arboretum can enjoy several different trails that are filled with educational booths on forestry. Each trail provides it's own unique flair, characteristics, and rewarding views that make every new hike a worthy adventure. Day use facilities for picnics are also available, and the gazebo known as the firefighter memorial makes for a great spot to gather. Calloway Creek also runs through the area and adds to the bucolic setting.

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