Plunkett Creek Loop Trail

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Plunkett Creek Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Philomath, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles
666 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



Located in Kings Valley this hike follows a creek up a canyon, and a short hill hike to a meadow view. Located in Kings Valley, this is the largest of all Benton County Parks at 586 acres. The Beazell Memorial Forest is managed for environmental education and research opportunities. It is a demonstration forest and open space area, with progressive ecosystem management practices to be used to protect, conserve, and restore the natural, scenic, outdoor recreation, and wildlife values. The site has been constructed to support public access, provide cultural and environmental information, along with a trail system. You'll find hiking trails for all ages and abilities.

21 days ago

Lovely forest and trail. Very few car parked in the lot and saw no others on the trail. Well kept park, will be back!

5 months ago

Cool trail! A little overgrown in places so wear some pants. Kids had fun!

6 months ago

Great trail for families!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nice hike, it gets pretty tight and overgrown on the accent to the summit and the view point. We parked by the barn, but followed the map to the next driveway down and started there, but it was unnecessary, and behind the barn has the info centers and the trail head. It was a nice loop, took us about 1 hour 30 minutes to complete.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nice little hike if you're in the area! I drove from Salem and thought it was a little far for a short 2 miles. But it feels very secluded - didn't come across one other person on the trail which is rare!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great trail. Beautiful.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This is a great little out and back. We went while it was a little snowy and it was amazing!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Easy hike with kids, lots to see and explore.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Remote, but beautiful drive to get there. Not crowded. Nice hike.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Nice easy hikes for quick weekday adventures at Beazell! You can take the south ridge road up for a steeper more challenging route.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Traversed this wonderful set of trails with family and friends today. Many serendipitous pleasures were enjoyed: a small, cool creek; verdant foliage; a smorgasbord of wildflowers; blood-pumping grades and welcome declines; trees hoary with mossy age; and the tallest oak trees any of us had seen. We definitely plan a return trek!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This forest has a couple of nice hikes, and a wonderful history of its birth. Be sure to read about it on the info boards near the parking area. Good hikes for dogs, and for getting one's heart rate jacked up a bit.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

They're doing some logging until the end of October 2013, so all the south trails are essentially closed. The open trails are lovely, however! Very wide and easy to follow. Great for dogs!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Great time today on the Bird Loop and the Plunkett Creek trail. Beautiful hike along the creek. Just a notice, though, the Southern part of the park, including the longer trail, is closed for construction. Not sure how long, but they have the trailheads on both ends posted.

Monday, March 25, 2013

this is a nice park, hike up to the south meadow view point for some nice views. once the flowers start blooming, it should be even prettier. all in all it is an easy hike.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A nice hike with kids 5 to 11, although there was whining until we hit the summit...:-) A nice hike with plenty of shade. The restrooms are flush with sinks.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Been hiking this trail several times.. just wanted to say... great documentation on this guide..

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