Armchair photo tours: A fall hike in the Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis, Oregon

Fall colors in the Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes

Peavy Arboretum is a beautiful, quiet escape for outdoor lovers who want to immerse themselves in nature any time of year. In the fall, the changing colors are a beautiful treat, no matter what you do.

Maple leaves near the OSU Research Forests Business Office at the Peavy Arboretum

There’s a lot to do here, too. Maybe you prefer spreading out a blanket to relax in a meadow or enjoy a picnic under a tree.

Or maybe sit on a log bench at Randall Pond to savor the serenity of a pond and listen to the birds sing.

Colorful trees at Randall Pond at the Peavy Arboretum

In the fall, the colors of the leaves reflecting in the pond are simply breathtaking, like a Monet painting.

Reflections in Randall Pond at Peavey Arboretum in Corvallis, Oregon

Or it could be a walk along a forest trail for a half hour or a few hours.

The Forest Discovery Trail at the Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis, Oregon

The trails here are mostly flat and pass a variety of tree species, from grand sequoias to willows.

The arboretum is part of Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry and has served as a teaching lab for decades. It’s home of OSU Research Forests Business Office and George Brown Logging Sports Arena.

Fall colors along the Fir Hollow Trail at the Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis, Oregon

Across the road at the OSU Research Forests Business Office is a field of poles. This is a pole farm. Professor T.J. Starker founded the pole farm in 1928. It’s among the largest and longest operating utility pole preservation treatment projects in the U.S., along with the oldest research project in the OSU Research Forests.

The pole farm at the Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis, Oregon

The poles in this field are treated with wood-preserving chemicals periodically to determine their effectiveness, longevity, and environmental impact.

The arboretum is located on NW Peavy Arboretum Road, eight-tenths mile west of U.S. 99 West. Admission and parking are free. Hours are 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.

For more information, visit cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/our-forests/arboretum or call (541) 737-4452.

The Maritime Meander Trail at the Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis, Oregon
More fall colors at Randall Pond at the Peavy Arboretum in Corvalis, Oregon

Download a brochure and map of the Peavy Arboretum Exploration Tour and ideas for family-friendly hikes at the arboretum (both in PDF).

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