An Adventure at Miller Woods

Miller woods provides a wonderful opportunity for a tranquil hike through nature just outside of McMinnville. Address: 15580 NW Orchard View Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128

Alex Russell, Feature Editor

According to Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District, “The 130 acres of forest and grassland that make up Miller Woods were bequeathed to the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District by Frieda Miller in 2004.  Frieda and her husband K.T. Miller settled on the property in 1967 after retiring from a career as military contractors in Alaska… The property contains a wide array of ecosystems ranging from hayfield and oak savannah to timber stands of varying ages, ponds, and streams which are home to a diverse group of native plants, birds, and other wildlife.”

I took the opportunity to explore the property for myself through a short hike. I decided what better time to go exploring than with my mother whom I share a love of hiking with.

On the warm sunny morning of Mothers day we set out for our adventure. We were grateful to  see that the majority of our hike that morning would be under the trees as it was almost eighty degrees out.

The trail cut across the river that ran through the property several. Along the trail there was many seemingly handmade benches made out of rough cut wood. Towards the end of our hike we took a seat on one of the benches that was near the river and listened to the many sounds of nature: the birds chirping and the river running.

We concluded our day with a picnic lunch under a large old oak tree.