Visit Us!

For your safety and trail preservation Miller Woods may be closed during SEVERE weather conditions; CLOSURES WILL BE POSTED on the district website and on the Miller Woods entrance gate.

15580 Orchard View Rd. NW
McMinnville, OR  97128
503-474-3938
 

Directions

From intersection of 99W and Baker Creek Road to 15580 Orchard View Rd

  1. Proceed 2.9 mi west of NW Baker Creek Rd
  2. As Baker Creek bears left stay straight on NW Pheasant Hill Road
  3. At the stop sign, turn right onto NW Orchard View Road
  4. Proceed 1.8 miles, look for Miller Woods drive entrance on Right
  5. Proceed down driveway 0.2 mi. Stay to the right to enter parking area.

Group Access

Miller Woods was developed and is maintained primarily as an educational venue. All group activities must be approved and scheduled by the Yamhill SWCD. Group fees may apply and are payable to Yamhill SWCD. Download the Group Use Application Form or visit Yamhill SWCD office at 2200 SW 2nd Street in McMinnville.

Individual Access

Day use of Miller Woods’ trail system can be accessed by registering at the Trailhead Kiosk located in the parking area. A minimal fee of $3 will apply. Trails are open dawn through dusk for hiking, photography, and nature watching

Download Trail Map

Property Rules

Thank you for your observance of the following rules which are intended as a guide to keep visitors safe and habitat protected.
1. No pets allowed.
2. Open hours are from dawn until dusk.
3. Stay on marked trails.
4. Bicycles, horses, motorized vehicles, skates, roller blades, and cross country skiing are not permitted.
5. Hunting and fishing are not allowed.
6. No smoking, alcohol, or firearms allowed at any time.
7. No public access to barn, caretakers house, and other posted areas.
8. Please respect wildlife and other visitors.
9. Please pack out all garbage.
10. Do not pick flowers or handle wildlife.
11. Individuals under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
12. Group visits and educational events need to be authorized in advance by contacting Yamhill SWCD.

Miller Woods Property User Warnings

Miller Woods is a place to experience nature. The following list of hazards shall be listed in official
publications, posted in the visitor kiosk, listed on the Miller Woods web site, and delivered to
applicants for group use and volunteer service via mail or email. The purpose of this is safety and
incident prevention.
 
SUPERVISION
All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups should have at least one
adult for each ten children. Bring enough adults to supervise even if your group is broken into small
sub-groups for activities.
 
PREPARE for OUTDOOR WEATHER
Warm summer conditions can lead to dehydration; Cooler than expected conditions, especially coupled
with rain, can lead to hypothermia in the spring, winter, and fall. Whether permitting dress in layers
and bring rain gear.
 
POISON OAK & STINGING NETTLES
Most of the roads and trails are somewhat cleared of these plants. If you leave trails, especially along
field edges, you will encounter poison oak and stinging nettles. Wear long pants and sleeves and
assume that some poison oak oil has made its way onto your shoes. Wash with Technu or similar soap
after visiting Miller Woods.
 
TRAILS ARE SLIPPERY WHEN WET
Trails, bridges, and stream crossings are commonly wet and slippery for much of the year. Exercise
caution when hiking the trails and choose sturdy well soled boots.
 
PONDS
There are two ponds on the property. No swimming or boating is allowed. Exercise caution along
pond edge or from floating island located in Otter Pond.
 
HORNETS & YELLOW JACKETS
Ground nests and paper nests located in trees and shrubs are common. Hornets defend these areas and
can swarm if disturbed – especially in the fall. Do not allow anyone in your group to knowingly harass
a nest. Report nest locations to SWCD on a comment card at the kiosk if a problem occurs on a trail.
Prevent hornet attacks by wearing shoes and socks and long sleeves and pants. Avoid scented
perfumes and products. Leave the area quickly if someone is stung.
 
WIND + TREES = DANGER
Wind gusts can make the forest a dangerous place by breaking off limbs, uprooting trees, or causing
previously broken off limbs to fall from the canopy. If you visit Miller Woods on a windy day – do
not hike in the forested portions of the property.
 
WILD ANIMALS
Miller Woods is home to many species of wildlife. If an animal acts aggressively exit the area and
report to SWCD immediately. No problems have been encountered with wildlife to date. However,
mountain lions, bear, deer, porcupines, and other animals are known to pass through the property.