Oregon State’s McDonald-Dunn Research Forest is an education and recreation jewel located a short 15-minute drive north of Corvallis. Featuring 11,250 acres of predominantly forested land on the western edge of the Willamette Valley, McDonald-Dunn is one of eight forests managed by the College of Forestry.
The college and other academic units use the forest as a living laboratory. Students gain hands-on experience in everything from making forest measurements to studying aquatic plants and wildlife.
McDonald-Dunn also welcomes more than 175,000 visitors every year. Its roads and trails are open to the public to enjoy on foot, horseback or bicycle free of charge. Recreation opportunities include hiking, jogging, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, geocaching and other activities. Dogs are allowed in the forest, but must be kept on a leash.