Consisting of 2,363 acres of natural parkland, Howard Buford Recreation Area, (HBRA), is located seven miles south of Eugene
on Interstate 5
. The most dominant features of the park is Mount Pisgah Arboretum
. Visitors will find many hiking and equestrian trails in the area.
The HBRA is now by far the largest park in the county system and quickly becoming one of the most popular.
The dominant feature of the recreation area is 1531' Mt. Pisgah, which rises 1000' above the valley floor. Set between the confluence of the Coast and Middle Forks of the Willamette River, the mountain offers a commanding view up and down the Willamette Valley, and crest to crest of the Coast Range Mountains and Cascade Mountains.
The lands around the mountain are of incredible natural diversity. In particular the wetland, prairie and oak savanna habitats are some of the most valuable left in existence in the Willamette Valley. Hundreds of plant species, dozens of birds and mammals, numerous reptiles and amphibians, and countless insects and fungi make the park their home. A trail system of over 16 miles allows access to the recreation area's natural beauty.
The HBRA is SE of the Eugene/Springfield OR. area, east of Interstate 5 and north of Highway 58. The main entrance and the North and Main Trailheads are accessible off Seavy Loop Dr. off Franklin Dr. off the 30th Ave exit of I-5. This route is well signed. The East Trailhead is off of Ridgeway Rd., north off Hwy 58 in west Pleasant Hill.
There is another Mt. Pisgah State Park in Pennsylvania.