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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.
  • May 23 - The Art in Nature
  • May 31 - Early Mountain Wildflowers and Late Lichens and Mosses
  • June 6 - Santiam Wagon Road - Snow Creek to House Rock Campground
  • June 7 - Survival in the Wilderness and Other Places
  • June 13 - Cascadia Cave Heritage Hike
  • June 27 - Gordon Meadows Wildflowers
  • July 3 - Iron Mountain and Cone Peak Heritage Hike
  • July 11 - Browder Ridge Wildflowers
  • July 25 - Friend of Fish Lake Tour
  • July 26 - Echo Basin Wildflower Hike
  • August 8 - Streamside Rock Hounding
  • August 22 – South Pyramid Creek Trail to Shed Camp
  • August 29 - Berry Picking Bonanza
  • September 5 - Lava Lake Heritage Hike
  • September 12 - Creativity on the Edge of the Wild
  • September 19 - Cascadia Cave Heritage Hike
  • October 4 - Survival in the Wilderness and Other Places
  • October 17 - Fall Mushroom Hike - Edibles & Poisonous!
  • October 25 - Fall Edible Mushrooms
  • October 31 - Edible Mushroom Hike
  • December 6 - Swag and Wreath Making with Hot Chocolate
  • March 6, 2015 - Winter on the Wagon Road Snowshoe Trek
  • March 27, 2015 - Kids Kicking It in the Snow! Snowshoe Trek

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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