Benton County, Oregon

Making Benton County a Better Place to Live
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Welcome to Benton County Natural Areas & Parks

IMPORTANT UPDATE (7/31/15):  Douglas Fir thinning continues in Fort Hoskins Historic Park and Beazell Memorial forest with select trail closures.  For up-to-date information, please contact the Parks Office at 541-766-6871.

Severe Fire Danger conditions are present in all Benton County Parks and surrounding areas.  Please use caution to prevent any human-caused wildfires. No Campfires are allowed at Salmonberry Campground at this time.



Experience Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Department's Recreational Sites!

Start with Salmonberry Campground. Reserve on-line one of the RV sites the Yurt or Cabin. Click the following link if you are interested in reservations at

Salmonberry Campground

Explore history, nature, and recreation at areas maintained, conserved, and restored for your enjoyment and for future generations.

Whether going out for a day of fishing, planning a family outing or exploring the many plant communities and habitats — Benton County parks have something for everyone.

The Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Department serves the interests and pursuits of Benton County residents by providing access to natural, historic, and recreational areas and conserving, restoring and developing parkland investments.

These Web pages highlight the recreational opportunities available at your County parks. We have also included information about other parks which may be of interest to you.

We feel Benton County has an excellent parks system which meets the near-to-home recreational needs of our citizens. The County Commissioners, Parks Advisory Board and the Natural Areas and Parks Department staff invite you to enjoy your parks.


Natural Areas and Parks is now on Facebook!

"Like" and "Follow Us" on our Facebook page to stay up to date and learn what's happening in the nearly 2,000 acres of forest, prairies, and wetlands managed by the Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Department.

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2015 Picnic Reservations

To make a reservation call 541-766-6871 (reservations are taken in the order calls are received). You can also stop by the Parks office at 360 SW Avery Ave., Corvallis to make your reservations.

Nature. Conservation. Recreation.

View from Marys PeakBenton County's Natural Areas and Parks are known as one of the most well maintained systems in the state. More than three decades of careful planning, management, and partnerships with the public and others has resulted in a veritable fortune in natural areas and parks for citizens.

Access natural, historic, and recreation areas where thrive a number of Willamette Valley plants, animals, fish and butterflies that are federally listed under the Endangered Species Act, considered candidate species, or species of concern. The system has progressed from a volunteer board in 1986 overseeing 89 acres of donated land, to a dedicated staff working with three citizen advisory boards and various partnering agencies to maintain 1,419 acres of land for public enjoyment.

To help make your next outing a success, Benton County Natural Areas and Parks provides maps, trail information, reservations, reservation fee schedules, and park rules. Come and enjoy your parks!

Natural Areas and Parks Partners

Private Partners

Greenbelt Land Trust and its founders/donors, Charles and Elsie Ross; Jack Brandis and Andrew Martin, who gave significant trail easements; Fred Beazell who bequeathed a $7 million estate to Benton County's care; industrial landowners, private citizens and the public.

Agency Partners

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, US Fish & Wildlife, Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Benton Soil & Water Conservation District, and other local experts.

Natural Areas & Parks Department
360 SW Avery Ave.
Corvallis, Oregon 97333-1192
Phone: 541-766-6871 - Fax: 541-766-6891
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday