The vision of the OSU Research Forests Recreation and Engagement Program is to offer a variety of enjoyable opportunities for a diverse set of forest visitors to participate in close-to-home recreation and learning activities in a forested environment; a place where people feel comfortable engaging in outdoor activities as individuals or with their neighbors and friends, and come away learning something new about forests.  We welcome picnickers, hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, equestrians, dog walkers, hunters (Dunn Forest only), nature enthusiasts, and you to explore our 35 miles of trails and over 110 miles of roads.  Trailhead parking gets full on busy afternoons and weekends, so check out alternative transportation options!


Join our Forest Recreation Advisory Council (FRAC) - Now Accepting Applications!

The Forest Recreation Advisory Council meets quarterly to help the OSU Research Forests realize the goal of providing safe, quality recreation opportunities while meeting the goals of the College of Forestry. FRAC discusses recreation issues and makes recommendations regarding recreation management on the Forests. This group consists of community representatives of various user groups, and weighs in on trails planning, grant applications, closures for harvest activities, and other important recreation issues on the Forests.

Forest Recreation Advisory Council Charter
Contact the Forest Recreation Advisory Council

FRAC Members

  • Dog Walker: Vacant
  • Trail Runner: Ken Ward (retiring end of 2023 - Apply here!)
  • Planning: Phil Hayes
  • Equestrian: Kristina Graham
  • Hunter: Ken McCall
  • Mountain Biker: Trey Jackson
  • Family: Vacant (Apply here!)
  • Student: Vacant (Apply here!)

FRAC Application

Time commitment: FRAC members meet for 2 hours every quarter. 

Questions? Contact Jenna at

Recreation Resources