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A trailhead is a welcome sight for many Oregonians. Whether it signifies the beginning or end of an adventure, it is one of the most critical points of a trail. ODF manages an extensive network of trails for all uses - whether you prefer to trek from point A to B on horseback, on a bike, or by foot. Trails wind through beautiful fir and hemlock forests, along clear rivers and streams, and peek out over wide-open forest views.
State forests are working forests, so during your excursion be careful but take a moment to learn how forest management balances and provides a range of benefits. Get out, explore and take it all in.
Your hiking, biking, or horse trip begins before you reach the trailhead.
While it’s natural to want to jump into the car on a whim and drive to a favorite trail, doing so is not necessarily the wisest of choices. Hiking is a lot like painting a house in that the preparation is just as important as the actual activity itself. So before you head out, follow these tips:
Loose items are easily lost if not secured properly while horseback riding, biking or hiking. Take extra care to pack your saddle or backpack to ensure items are secure.
Don’t toss your trash – not even biodegradable items such as banana peels. It is not good for animals to eat non-native foods and who wants to look at your old banana peel while it ever-so-slowly decomposes? If you packed it in, pack it out.
Preventing trailhead parking break-ins is your responsibility. Your best protection to prevent a break-in is to not leave anything in view in your car. Try to park at a trailhead that this is visible from the road or that will have a lot of come and go foot traffic while you're on the trail.
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The Santiam State Forest is closed due to damage from 2020 wildfires and windstorms. Check back here periodically for updates on the status of recreation sites in the Santiam. Learn more about damage to the Santiam and ODF's vision for restoration. Campground opening dates for the 2021 recreation season are still being determined. Check back on this page periodically for updates. For the latest information, view the open/closed column below. For additional information,
view the State Forests Recreation Frequently Asked Questions.
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