From the intersection of US 20 and SR 180 in Blodgett, go a half mile west and turn left (S} on Blodgett Rd. Turn right at the T intersection, then a quick left onto Tum Tum Rd. After about a half mile look for signs for the Starker Forest Tour. Parking area is about 0.1 mi on left.
The Starker Forest site provides insight into managed forest habitats on the fringe of the valley. Signboards inform on the life cycle of managed forests. A free entry permit is required and can be picked up at the office, at 7240 Philomath Highway (US 20) between Corvallis and Philomath. Office hours are 8-4:30 M-F. You may also call (541)929-2477 ahead of time and ask for a permit to be mailed or faxed. The permit is good for access to the entire forest, not just the self-guided hiking loop.Directions
Habitat and Birds
The range of forest ages host a good variety of bird species, including Hairy Woodpecker in the mature stands, and Hermit Warbler during migration.