Willow-Witt Ranch is a 445-acre gem in Southern Oregon’s Cascade Siskiyou National Monument. In this magical valley, owners Suzanne Willow and Lanita Witt have restored a working forest, wetlands, and a small farm. Willow-Witt Ranch is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of a unique ecosystem in the Southern Cascades, and the headwaters, wetlands, and forests that arise there. The Crest is the non-profit at the ranch, cultivating connection to the natural world and education on the values of ecology and of the complex web of food and environment by operating a small certified organic farm and Farm Stay accommodations. Willow-Witt Ranch is also home to Oregon’s first dedicated natural burial ground The Forest Conservation Burial Ground.
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From Interstate 5, take exit #14, Hwy 66. Drive east 1 mile, turn left on Dead Indian Memorial Road and continue 6.6 miles. Turn left on Shale City Road, a paved Bureau of Land Management road, just after a large powerline crosses Dead Indian Memorial Road. Shale City Rd is a loop … take this end, marked by: “Grizzly Peak Trail,” a sign for our Farm Store, and nine mailboxes. Follow Shale City Road (you are now on public forest land) 3.2 miles. You will cross two cattle guards and a well-graveled road on your left with a “Grizzly Peak Trailhead” sign. Continue on Shale City Rd 50 yards further, and turn right at our driveway, which has a sign. Follow it 3/4 mile to the Farm. Watch for the “Family Forest” and “Watershed Friendly Steward” signs at our entry gate. If the electric gate is closed, the keypad will have instructions for opening.