What is so special about Mt. Pisgah?
Set between the confluence of the Coast and Middle Forks of the Willamette River, Mt. Pisgah, a 1,531-foot high volcanic butte, offers commanding views of the Willamette Valley from the crest of the Coast Range to the west and Cascade Range to the east.
Just minutes from downtown Eugene and Springfield, Mt. Pisgah’s wetland, prairie and oak savanna habitats are some of the most valuable left anywhere in the Willamette Valley. According to The Nature Conservancy, “the Willamette Valley’s native oak and prairie habitats are among the most endangered in North America, harboring 189 species at risk of extinction, some of which occur nowhere else on Earth. Less than two percent of these original habitats survive, and what remains is subject to intense development pressures.”
As a natural paradise, key conservation area, and our community’s “backyard wilderness” Mt. Pisgah is a popular destination for hikers, birders, equestrians and nature lovers. Buford Park, the centerpiece of the greater Mt. Pisgah area, is the largest of Lane County’s 73 parks and receives 250,000 visits a year. 17 miles of trails in Buford Park, plus Willamalane’s 3-mile Middle Fork path between Clearwater Park and Dorris Ranch invite visitors to explore the area’s abundant natural beauty.