|OregonWildflowers Locations William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge|
|Best time to visit||April and May|
|Trail Info||Varies dependent upon trail|
|Dogs||PROHIBITED. Please respect this location by leaving your dog at home.|
A fine display of spring wildflowers can be viewed within the Refuge. Some of the woodland species that bloom here include: Oregon Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), Fairyslipper (Calypso bulbosa), Western Trillium (Trillium ovatum), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana), Henderson's Shooting Star (Dodecatheon hendersonii), Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Western Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia var. semiintegrifolia), Fairy Lanterns (Prosartes smithii), Wood Violet (Viola glabella), Oregon Iris (Iris tenax), False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum), and Mountain Sweet-Cicely (Osmorhiza berteroi). Some of the meadow varieties include: Common Camas (Camassia quamash), Rose Checker Mallow (Sidalcea virgata), Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta), and reintroduced Golden Paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta).
Here are the best trails for wildflower viewing:
The Woodpecker Loop is gravel and boardwalk, and thus relatively dry. However, both the Mill Hill and Beaver/Cattail Pond loops have sections which are wet and muddy during spring, so hiking boots are strongly recommended. In fact, rubber boots may be better for the Beaver/Cattail Pond loop.
For more information, visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service web site.
Beaver and Cattail Pond Loop: Proceed 2.7 miles beyond Wildlife Refuge Road (11.2 total miles south of Crystal Lake Drive in Corvallis) and turn right at the RFP Family Store onto Bruce Road. Approximately 1.9 miles from Highway 99W, look for a sign labelled "Interpretive View Point" on your right. You will see a small parking area with several signs. The trail starts just beyond the gate along the old tree-lined lane, which is a section of the historic Applegate Trail.
NOTE: Dogs are not allowed on any trails within the Wildlife Refuge!
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'Wildflowers are not meant to be cut and tamed. They are meant to be loved and admired.' -- Anthony T. Hincks