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Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Mount Pisgah Arboretum, OR
The Mount Pisgah Arboretum is a non-profit arboretum and botanical garden located within the Howard Buford Recreation Area, between the Coast Fork … See more


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Dec 2, 2022
A little slice of heaven, great spot for the family. My wife and I have been coming here for 15 years, it's always one of our summer destinations on a lazy afternoon. Full review by PygmyLlama
Jan 15, 2020
There is a$4 parking fee, but absolutely worth it! I came out to visit my adult son and the walk through the park was nice. The escape from work and getting some peace was great. Full review by mddleman
Dec 1, 2019
I love Mount Pisgah; it is my favourite place to hike and I am never disappointed with the scenery and varied assorted and beautiful flora and fauna found on the trails. You can see my hometown of Cr… Full review by AgriasBeolve


Eugene's Beautiful Arboretum
The hike up to Mount Pisgah's summit offers a marked contrast to the Spencer Butte trail, another popular trail in the Eugene and Springfield area. Most of the hike is through open oak meadows rather than in the shade of giant fir trees, and the much more extensive trail network allows for many route variations. The area around Mount Pisgah, the Howard Buford Recreation Area, covers 2663 acres. It is situated between the Middle and Coast Forks of the Willamette River, and it offers opportunities for hiking, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, bird watching, and special events. The 118-acre Mount Pisgah Arboretum is situated within the recreation area and was opened in 1973 with the intention of cultivating a showcase of trees and other plants from around the world. In recent years the focus of the arboretum has shifted to the establishment and protection of native species, causing no small amount of controversy among proponents of its original mission.The main trail to the summit is often crowded, although the remaining trails get much less traffic. The view from the top is expansive and extends to Diamond Peak when the weather is clear. Eugene and Springfield are partially visible to the northwest. "Swing Hill," on the western side of the Howard Buford Recreation Area overlooking the Coast Fork of the Willamette River, is another popular destination. Its two rustic swings that hang from a large oak tree are delight for kids of all ages. Please respect dog regulations that require leashes on trails 1 and 2 and voice control everywhere else. Leashes are required at all times within the arboretum. Resist the temptation to wander off the trail into the open meadows, as they are heavily infested with poison oak.
Spectacular Views in All Directions
Start at the main/west parking lot at Howard Buford Recreation Area - which is also the parking area for the Mount Pisgah Arboretum. Go through the gate next to the parking pass kiosk and take the first left onto Trail #17, which will climb steadily through the edge of some nice, mixed forest of maples, oaks and firs. Youll have great views of the farm valley below as well as the Coast Fork of the Willamette River, which meanders between the park and the farmland. Trail #17 will merge with Trail #7; continue straight at the intersection. Soon youll reach the intersection with Trail #3 - West Slope Trail. Go right onto that trail until just past a sharp bend in the trail. In one hundred feet or so, will be the intersection with Trail #4 - Spur, take a left on that. Trail #4 - Spur will climb at mostly a moderate grade through mixed forest dominated by firs and ferns and eventually become a gravel road that has a short stretch of very steep grade that will connect you to Trail #1 - Beistels West Summit Trail, where youll take a left to finish your hike to the summit. On that final section, youll travel through a beautiful section of White Oaks that were released from fir trees by Friends of Buford Park in a demonstration habitat enhancement project. Enjoy the spectacular views in all directions from the summit and then hike straight down Trail #1 - Beistels West Summit Trail to the main parking area. Or you can always return the way you came. History & Background Trail #17 is also known as Theodores Trail in honor of Theodore Palmer, a retired math professor at the University of Oregon. Theodore is one of the key founders of the Mount Pisgah Arboretum, which comprises a few hundred acres adjacent to the main parking area. For over four decades, Theodore did everything imaginable, from clearing blackberries and poison oak, building bridges, benches and buildings to fundraising and bookkeeping, all as a volunteer! He helped make the Mount Pisgah Arboretum one of the most respected in the country. Trail #17 was built and is maintained in a collaboration of Lane County Parks, Friends of Buford Park, and Friends of Mt. Pisgah Arboretum.

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