Heritage Hikes begin at Sweet Home Ranger District

Sweet Home, OR—May 1, 2019— 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 are 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.


This year, there will be a number of hikes offered on topics including: general outdoor preparedness, wildflowers, and long history of the Kalapuya tribe in the Willamette Valley. Hikes range from easy to difficult. Additionally, there are opportunities to make art in nature, paddle board, horseback ride, conduct citizen science projects and mountain bike. 


Registration for guided tours is handled through the National Recreation Reservation System. Register at www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 and press “1” for tours.  Please be aware there is a $3.00 service charge per tour, in addition to the fee charged for the hike. Search or ask for Sweet Home Nature and Heritage Tours. 


These events are offered under the Recreation Fee Program authorized by The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. These fees fund protection and enhancement of local historic sites for public use and enjoyment and the continuation of conservation education programs.


Visit https://go.usa.gov/xmggs for more information, or call the Sweet Home Ranger District at (541) 367-5168.