Walk Beneath Old Growth Trees & Explore History in Constitution Grove

Only in Oregon - Constitution Grove

Constitution Grove in the Willamette National Forest

On September, 17, 1787, thirty-nine delegates from the Constitutional Convention gathered in Independence Hall in Philadelphia to sign a document that would become the supreme law of the land - the U.S. Constitution.

Two hundred years later, Oregonians gathered in the Willamette National Forest in a Douglas fir and cedar grove where the trees were probably just teenagers when the Constitution was signed.  The Willamette National Forest created a living memorial to that groundbreaking event.

A monument (shown below) was embedded into a large rock by the otherwise unmarked small parking area beside the Aufderheide Scenic Drive.  Wooden plaques with the names of each of the signers, along with the state they represented, were placed on some of the old growth trees.  The Convention's secretary, William Jackson, also is recognized with a plaque.

A 1/8 mile path, Constitution Grove Trail #3675, passes by the marked trees, starting with George Washington's plaque.  Even though it was Saturday on a Labor Day weekend, we were the only ones on the little-known trail.

Constitution Grove, Willamette National Forest, OregonThe sound of the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River flowing below this river bench was the only sound to break the silence.  Old growth trees towered several hundred feet above us, heavily filtering the sunlight below.  Lots of fallen trees and limbs littering the forest floor told us that this grove endures harsh winter storms.

Constitution Grove is just one peaceful stop along this scenic drive from Westfir off Highway 58 to Blue River on Highway 126.  The Middle Fork and Blue River Ranger Stations have a free CD you can play while you drive that opens your eyes to the many points of interest you'll see along the way.  Return the CD when you finish your trip.

The drive is also popular with motorcyclists and bicyclists.  A nice video shows some of the highlights from a bicyclist's point of view.  The seasonal road is closed from October to April, due to heavy snows.  Contact the Willamette National Forest Middle Fork Ranger Station for current road conditions and closures.  This is a beautiful drive any time, but especially in the fall when the leaves turn color and drop gently to the ground.

Constitution Grove Monument

Learn about more places and events in western Oregon by visiting the Facebook page "365 and More Things To Do in Lane County, Oregon".

Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

To learn more about Eugene, Lane County, and western Oregon, visit 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon on Facebook.  You'll see hundreds of pictures and links to discover the beauty and attractions of this special area.


Comment balloon 11 commentsRetired from ActiveRain • September 15 2013 06:40AM


That is a beautiful story and scenic forest grove.  Have a great week.

Posted by Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team (Elite Home Sales Team OC) about 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing the tour with us Rick, those are some beautiful pictures!


Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) about 7 years ago

Constitution Grove is a special place that is lightly visited and largely unknown in Lane County, Oregon.  Thank you for reading this post and leaving your comment.  Hopefully you'll get to experience this place in person one day.

Posted by Retired from ActiveRain about 7 years ago

Rick, I love this story.  What a wonderful tribute to our Constitution. Constitution Grove Trail is now on my list of places to visit!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 7 years ago

Been to Portland Oregon, brother and his wife, family lived there but have to visit your area too. Great local splash!

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 7 years ago

Love this blog and what a great way to honor this countires most VALUABLE document! Great pictures and looks like a great place to visit with the children.

Posted by Marilyn Wier, Your League City & Surrounding Areas REALTOR! (RE/MAX Space Center) about 7 years ago

Constitution Grove looks like a wonderful place to visit.  It also helps us to understand how long some trees can remain alive---much longer than people!

Posted by Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~, Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green (Piedmont Real Estate) about 7 years ago

This is a place that I would love to visit. Great Plaque! With the way the world is this is something worth remembering!

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max By The Sea) about 7 years ago

I am really enjoying your Oregon posts, Rick.  I have been to the Seattle area but never to Oregon - your posts make me want to visit!  I am sure those in your local community are enjoying them as well.


Posted by Elizabeth Bouchard, Associate Broker in Northern Virginia (Long & Foster Realtors) about 7 years ago

beautiful country...thank you for the posts...

Posted by Linda Balades, Broker Associate (Comfort Real Estate Services) about 7 years ago

How beautiful!

I'd love to visit that place, walk by those trees, breathe the history of centuries....

Thakns for sharing this.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 7 years ago