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Hikers on Browder Ridge Trail last year enjoyed the spectacular scenery of Willamette National Forest. Guided hikes are available this year. (Photo courtesy of Willamette National Forest)

One of Oregon’s most beautiful treasures lies in the Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest.

This summer, professional rangers will be leading guided tours, sharing information about plants, animals, geology and the cultural history of the area.

Sweet Home Nature and Heritage Tours lead guests to out-of-the-way spots to explore, learn and have a wonderful time while coming to appreciate why the Sweet Home area is such a special place.

This year, there will be a number of hikes offered on topics that include general outdoor preparedness, wildflowers, and the 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. Visit recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777 and press “one” for tours. There is a $3 service fee per tour in addition to tour fees.

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.

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