Peavy Arboretum 500 Road [CLOSED]

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McDonald-Dunn Forest

Peavy Arboretum 500 Road is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Corvallis, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, bird watching, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 780 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

bird watching

running

forest

wildlife

muddy

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Moderate hike through the woods on the 500 service road. Peavy Arboretum is an arboretum operated by Oregon State University. The arboretum was dedicated by the university in 1926, operated as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp from 1933-1942, and reverted to College of Forestry management in 1964. While the CCC was active, they planted trees, expanded the nursery, constructed Cronemiller Lake, and built roads, trails, and firebreaks. This hike takes you through the old growth forests, and forestry sections of the Arboretum to the top of the 500 road with a gain of 845 feet. At the parking lot in Peavy Arboretum you will start your up hile climb on the gravel road. At the lake, stay left (look for sign posts that say 500). This road winds through old and new growth forest on a steady climb. Near the top, stay left and take the 530 road to the top (only a short distance). Look for deer, rabbits and other birds and animals along the way. Steep walk up, easy walk down.

4 months ago

Great day hike! beautiful forest setting with several trail options, saw a variety of birds as well 1/13

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9 months ago

Beautiful day for a hike! I was a little disappointed because this hike is all gravel roads. I was hoping it would eventually lead me to some nice soft trails. It’s uphill the whole way in and that means it’s downhill all the way out! Great cardio workout!

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Tue Mar 19 2019

Nice hike surprise listed as hard. Consider it more moderate inline with other moderate hikes in Corvallis area

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Fri Jan 11 2019

A nice walk.

Mon Oct 01 2018

What a beautiful part of the world. I'll be bringing the hiking club here soon. I do wish there were more clear view points but i guess that would mean losing some trees. I'll keep the trees.

Wed Oct 11 2017

nice afternoon stroll

Mon Sep 04 2017

A great day hike to get out for a few hours, my boyfriend and I took the trail going up and took a smaller trail back. It was pretty and a great hike! Wasn't busy so it was nice to feel like the only ones on the trail

Mon Jun 19 2017

I really wanted 3 1/2 stars. it's cool, nice hike, trails all over. not alot of viewpoints or anything.

Mon Dec 19 2016

The only way I've been able to navigate the peavy Arboretum trails is using this app. Every other time I have gotten discouraged by the massive number of trails available. It is very easy to add miles to your hike if you want considering the number of available trails.

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Sun Nov 20 2016

Pretty neat hike wouldn't really call it difficult.

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Wed Nov 16 2016

This hike varies in difficulty but is overall harder than most trails in the vicinity. Beautiful scenery all times of the year with friendly Oregonians make this a must-do!

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Mon Oct 17 2016

great trail, but part of it is on a logging road. it's always nicer not hiking on a logging road.

Tue Jan 27 2015

Enjoyable trail. Peaceful but busier than I like.

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Thu Jun 21 2012

This hike is moderate in difficulty. The incline is very steady, just enough to give you a nice glisten when the sun is out. The view from the lookout point is beautiful, worth the vertical climb. This is a great trail running location, with the maze of trail options available.

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