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SWEET HOME NATURE AND HERITAGE TOURS, OR

part ofWillamette National Forest, US Forest Service

Overview:

Come explore the beautiful Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest! Led by professionals, the Sweet Home Nature and Heritage Tours offer incredible opportunities to learn about the plants, animals, geology and cultural history of the Sweet Home area, located on the edges of the Willamette Valley and within the spectacular Cascade Mountains. Sweet Home Nature and Heritage Tours will take you to the out-of-the-way spots with a friendly group to explore, learn and have a wonderful time while coming to appreciate why the Sweet Home area is such a special place.

Whether you're a budding naturalist or a long-time explorer of Pacific Northwest, Sweet Home Nature and Heritage Tours will be an experience you will long remember.

Most day tour fees are $10.00 per person and $5.00 with a Senior or Access Pass; request for refunds must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the tour. Pre-registration is required for all tours and they fill up quickly.

All hikes/tours meet at the Sweet Home Ranger District Office and travel to the forest where the hike/tour begins. A restroom is available at the office, as well as maps and other small souvenirs. Sweet Home is a full service community with restaurants, cafes and gas stations.

Quick List of Hikes and Days Offered. Click on Tour List for more information.
  • March 27, 2015 - Kids Kicking It in the Snow! Snowshoe Trek
  • May 9, 2015 - General Outdoor Preparedness
  • May 22, 2015 - Cascadia Cave
  • June 5, 2015 - Art in the Great Outdoors
  • June 12, 2015 - Santiam Wagon Road - Snow Creek to House Rock
  • July 10, 2015 - Browder Ridge and Heart Lake
  • July 17, 2015 - Santiam Wagon Road - Latiwi Creek to Mountain House
  • July 24, 2015 - Three Pyramids Wildflower Hike
  • August 7, 2015 - Santiam Wagon Road - Fish Lake to Lost Prairie
  • August 14, 2015 – Streamside Rock Hounding
  • August 21, 2015 – Santiam Wagon Road Hike - Eno Road to Clear Lake
  • August 28, 2015 - Berry Picking Bonanza
  • September 11, 2015 - Cascadia Cave
  • September 18, 2015 - Art in the Great Outdoors
  • September 26, 2015 - General Outdoor Preparedness
  • October 16, 2015 - Fall Mushroom Hike - Edibles & Poisonous!
  • October 23, 2015 - Fall Edible Mushrooms
  • October 30, 2015 - Edible Mushroom Hike
  • December 5, 2015 - Swag and Wreath Making
  • March 5, 2016 - Winter Snowshoe Hike on Santiam Pass

Know Before You Go:

Hikes leave promptly from the ranger station at designated time. Come prepared with all food and water necessary to be out all day. Please consider bringing the following items to ensure you have an enjoyable experience:
  • water bottle with extra water
  • hiking boots, day pack, hiking stick
  • extra socks
  • hat
  • waterproof jacket
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellant
  • small first aid kit
  • any required medications
  • bee or hornet sting kit (if allergic)
  • hand wipes
  • camera
  • binoculars
  • field guides
  • Getting There:

    The Sweet Home Ranger District Office is located at 4431 Highway 20, Sweet Home, OR 97386.

  • From I-5, take Exit 228 and follow Highway 20 east 25 miles to Sweet Home, OR. The station will be on the right on the east end of town.
  • From Sisters, OR, travel west on 20/126 for 29 miles. When 20/126 split, stay on Highway 20 and travel 42 miles to the district office on the left.


  • Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    4431 Highway 20
    Sweet Home  OR  97386

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (541)367-5168
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