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Bald Hill Park

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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

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This park is one of the largest tracts of oak woodland that is open to the public in the mid-Willamette Valley. Oak savanna remnants are managed for rare endemic plant species; other habitats include mixed conifer/maple forest, riparian woodlands, creek, pastures and fields. The site offers a wide variety of birds along with splendid views and hiking on 10 mi of trails. Oak-associated species that nest here include Western Scrub-Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, Chipping Sparrow, Western Wood-Pewee, Western Bluebird, House Wren, Lazuli Bunting, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Purple Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch. Acorn Woodpecker has not yet been recorded on site but is reliably found just across 53rd St from the fairgrounds. Swainson’s Thrush, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Chat and Oregon Vesper Sparrow can be found in adjoining habitats. Raptors, including hawks and eagles, use thermals over the butte. Additional species including warblers and sparrows occur in migration.

From the stoplight at 53rd St/Harrison/Walnut/Oak Creek Dr, either (1) go S 0.3 mi on 53rd St and turn R into the parking lot for the Benton County Fairgrounds, where the paved Midge Cramer Memorial Path leads to Bald Hill from the W end of the lot; or (2) go W 0.9 mi on Oak Creek Dr and turn L into parking lot at Oak Creek access. Transit: Corvallis Bus Route C3 stops at 53rd St and Reservoir Rd (limited service times); walk N 0.25 mi to fairgrounds.


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