One of the best ways to learn about the Andrews Experimental Forest is through first-hand experience -- The public is always welcome! Click here for map and directions
Be aware that much of the Andrews Forest is under snow and inaccessible during the winter months, and that high elevation roads and trails can stay snow-bound into June. Click here for current weather conditions at the Andrews Forest.Also be aware that due to the rugged landscape and relative isolation, cell phone coverage is not available on most of the Andrews Forest.
Should you decide to visit, we suggest you make your first stop at the large display board at the junction of Forest Roads 15 and 1506. The display has a map of the Andrews Forest, including roads open to the public and marked trails, and provides a short history of the site. Also available at the display are a brochure and directions to the Lookout Creek Old-Growth Trail, a 3.5 mile hike through a classic old-growth forest along upper Lookout Creek. This brochure is can also be downloaded in a printable format online: Lookout Creek Old-Growth Trail brochure (PDF).
Check out the virtual tour ofthe old-growth trail to learn about the ecosystem and some of the essential characteristics of an old growth forest.
Fishing and collection of forest products, such as flowers, moss, mushrooms, bear grass, or fir boughs, are prohibited on the Andrews Experimental Forest. Many of these organisms are being studied by researchers and their removal can have serious, negative impacts. However, fishing is permitted in nearby Blue River, Blue River Reservoir, and the McKenzie River. Please check the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife web page for license and regulations for sport fishing and hunting.
Willamette National Forest has more information about this area. Visitor centers are open to public in Eugene and at McKenzie River Ranger Station.
If you would like more information or to arrange a tour of the Andrews Experimental Forest, please contact the Andrews Forest Director.