Guided Tours The Gerdemann Botanic Preserve is private property and our fulltime residence. We offer 2013 guided tours of the entire 3.5-acre Preserve during the major blooming season: April, May, June on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Reservations must be booked in advance. There is a limit of 12 people per tour. Tour length averages two hours. Parking in our driveway is very limited and carpooling is recommended. We cannot accommodate any vehicles larger than a passenger van. We do not charge for guided tours, however, donations to the GBP Endowment Fund and/or the GBP Maintenance Fund are gratefully accepted. All contributions are tax deductible. Please contact us to schedule a day and time.
The Public Footpath A rustic footpath through the native woodland area of the Preserve is open to walkers during daylight hours. We recently added plant identification signage on the Public Footpath. For a large printable PDF copy of a map with connecting trail routes to reach the GBP Public Footpath click here: Trail Access . There are steps, bridges, a wetland boardwalk and many roots to step over along the trail. Large leaf rhododendrons are planted within native salal, huckleberry and ferns under a canopy of hemlock and spruce trees. Trail users are reminded to stay on the sign posted trail. All wildlife, plants, and waterways are protected. Dogs are not allowed within the Preserve. NO PARKING is available at either end of the GBP Public Footpath. The trail does connect to other local hiking trails in Yachats.
Public Footpath Trail Maps are available in kiosks by the gates at West and East Ends. Sample below.
Wheelchair Accessible Trail: The 4 foot wide, 550’ long “Jim’s Loop” is available by appointment only. The wider trail is easier to walk for many visitors including parents with children, babies in strollers, and those who need a firmer, and wider trail surface. There are a few steep grades, which might require wheelchair assistance. Benches placed along the loop offer opportunities to rest and listen to the nearby creek, distant ocean and birds in the woodland. Many plant specimens are identified with signage in this area of the Preserve. There is no charge to visit. For more info: Contact Us