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Beazell Memorial Forest

Located in Kings Valley this hike follows a creek up a canyon, and a short hill hike to a meadow view.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  You'll find hiking trails for all ages and abilities. A short hike through a habitat for birds. A medium hike up the canyon along... more »

Tips:  Take Hwy 20 west of Corvallis, past Philomath, to Highway 223. Take Hwy 223 4.8 miles. You will see signs to Beazell Memorial Forest... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking/Restrooms

Park here. There are two large vault restrooms. the trailhead will be to the right of the barn in front of you.

2. Plunkett House

Before you start your hike, back track a few feet down the road you just drove down and visit the Plunkett House.

Built about 1875, the Plunkett House is typical of Kings Valley farmhouses of the period. It was owned by ashnah Norton Plunkett (1847-1933), the first pioneer child born in Kings Valley, whose parents Hopestill King and Lucius... More

3. Plunkett Barn

Benton County envisioned a new use for the historic Plunkett family barn, originally constructed in the 1930’s from lumber milled on site. The barn had not been used for many years, but was structurally sound. Transformation of this barn to become the Beazell Forest Education Center began in 2005. An ADA-compliant, structurally stable design,... More

4. Trail Junction

While you can turn left here, if you are going to do the hike around the hill I suggest continuing straight and follow the creek.

5. Trail Junction

Turn left for the bird habitat trail. Turn right for the Plunkett Creek Trail.

6. Bird Habitat Loop

Turn either

7. Hike Down Gravel Road

The trail follows this old road along Plunkett Creek. When it's been raining it can get muddy.

8. Trail Junction

Here you can choose to follow the road left or split off right down to a trail by the creek. I highly recommend the trail down by the creek.

Eventually both trails end up connecting again later.

9. Old Car

Look across the creek to spot this car that I think rolled down the hill from the road above.

10. Trail Junction

Turn right to continue on the trail which leads up the hill by switchbacks. If you don't want to hike up the hill you can follow the trail left which will return you to the road and back to your car.

11. Summit and Junction

You can turn left here and follow a trail down to a meadow, or continue straight ahead for the meadow viewpoint.

12. Meadown Viewpoint

13. Meadown Trail Junction

This is where the trail from POI 11 connects.

The trail ahead can be very muddy when it's been raining.

14. Water Tank

15. Trail Junction

Turn left here to head back to the parking lot. There is another trail a few feet ahead as well that will also return you to the parking area.