Alternative Trailhead Transportation

Each of us has our own special reason for being in the forest.  You may be looking for an adrenaline rush or a quiet space to yourself.  You may enjoy visiting with neighbors and friends or working your body long and hard to get to a beautiful vista.  All of them are equally meaningful, and all are welcome on the OSU Research Forests.

Forest use has been growing, and is expected to continue to do so into the future. During busy times, community enthusiasm for the outdoors sometimes shows itself as parking congestion at trailhead access points. Our ability to provide more parking is limited by several factors, and it is likely that we will never be able to provide enough parking space for all of the demand we expect to see in the future.

With this in mind, we recently developed a strategy to support alternative ways for people to get to trailheads with input from visitors, community members, and partnering agencies and organizations. This newsletter is devoted to explaining changes to expect (including changes at Oak Creek starting this week!), the components of the strategy, the history and future of this process, and most importantly, what you can do to help.

We need your help in setting a cultural standard for getting visitors to trailheads with fewer vehicles to protect free and open access to the Forests into the future. Your active participation counts. You have the ability to manage your own use in a way that promotes positive relationships with other users and community members, and promotes access for all groups.

Why are these Changes Happening? 

Learn here about the development of the Alternative Transportation Strategy: why we are doing it, who was involved, and how and why action items were selected. 

Instead of Driving your Car, Consider...

Are you hooked? Interested in learning more about how you can be part of the solution?Check out these useful tips for joining the movement!

Trailhead Alternative Transportation Strategy

Take a quick look at the strategies developed to address congestion and provide access by our community effort here! 

Changes at Oak Creek

Learn more about changes to overflow parking at Oak Creek, including reasons for changes, improvements in services, and enforcement of restrictions.

It’s really important to us that everyone feel welcome at Oak Creek and throughout the Forests, so please contact us if you have questions or concerns.