Visitor Information

W.K. Kellogg Forest is a unique forested property open to the public (see hours) that combines forestry research and education with many forms of forest recreation. Established on abandoned agricultural land, the 716-acre W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest is known worldwide for research on tree breeding and genetics, planting techniques, and plantation establishment and management.

Visitors range widely from researchers interested in forestry or related disciplines, those currently conducting research, college students learning about field techniques, forest enthusiasts who attend specialized workshops and tours to the casual visitors whose interests range from increasing their knowledge of forest management to those searching for a shady spot to enjoy a picnic lunch.


W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest welcomes public visitors during posted hours every day of the year with the exception of Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Easter Sunday. Please be respectful of the posted hours and any closures as the forest is private property owned by the university.

Visitors are welcome during the following hours:

April 1st – October 31st: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
November 1st – March 31st: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Gates will be shut and locked during closed hours. Cars left in the parking lot may be towed at owner’s expense. Fees may be issued to vehicle owners that require the gate to be unlocked resulting from non-compliance with hours.

Recreational Opportunities

Recreational opportunities available to the public include hiking, picnicking, photography, bird watching, geocaching, jogging, biking, horseback riding (trailer your own horse), walking your dog on a leash, bow hunting, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and trout fishing.

There are no alcoholic beverages allowed within the forest.

Horseback Riding: Lemmien Loop ONLY – May 1st through October 1st. Please park horse trailers in the main parking lot if space is available. You may back your trailer onto the grass if weather conditions are dry and damage will not occur. Parking on the business (picnic) loop is no longer permitted. Parking for trailers is limited and not guaranteed.  Please clean up after your horse in improved areas such as parking lot, covered bridge, etc. Enjoy your ride.

Archery hunting at the forest is open from October 1st to January 1st in accordance with State regulations.  All hunters are required to apply for an annual hunting permit and adhere to MSU and Kellogg Forest hunting policies.

The hunting permit application is available on the “Resources and Reports” page.

Failure to comply with MSU or Kellogg Forest policy will result in the loss of hunting rights at MSU properties. DNR Conservation Officers will be contacted if necessary. Also, individuals walking dogs that are NOT leashed will be asked to leave the property indefinitely.

Please contact the Office for Kellogg Forest specific policies related to hunting.

Research, Projects, and Special Events

From macroinvertebrates in Augusta Creek to Japanese red pine; Kellogg Forest has a lot to offer when it comes to research, education and hosting special events. Kellogg Forest is one of the most unique outdoor environments in southwest Michigan. Professional staff and specialized equipment makes project implementation efficient and effective.

Kellogg Forest is a great place for instructors to administer field based curriculum for students in courses at all levels of education.

The large pavilion offers a covered area in a quiet setting to host events such as picnics, club meetings, family reunions, community sporting events, and workshops.

There are also opportunities to hold wedding ceremonies in many attractive settings for couples interested in a small outdoor ceremony.

Commercial Photography requires a permit. The application and Information regarding commercial photography can be found on the “Resources and Reports” page.

Please contact the forest manager for permits, applicable fees, and availability.

Tours and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers assist in projects ranging from guided tours and native pollinator garden maintenance to maple syrup production. Volunteer training sessions are held in the spring and fall, with separate sessions for open house events.

Tours focusing on the management of a Forestry Agricultural Experiment Station and specific research are conducted by a forester. Visiting scholars, college classes, forest industry professionals, community groups, non-profit organizations, and groups employed in related fields are typically interested in this type of presentation.

The forest manager is occasionally contacted by area individuals who wish to complete a service project. Some of these projects have included construction of a wheelchair ramp, water bars on steep trails, and tree identification signs on the gravel road and guided trails.

Volunteers are one of our most valuable assets and make operations such as maple syrup production possible. They enrich the community by increasing the capabilities of the staff and opportunities available to the public.

Volunteer opportunities are limitless. For tour reservations and further information regarding volunteering please contact the Forest Manager at 269-731-4597 or


Don’t have time to volunteer, but want to help out? Your generous donations help the Department of Forestry and W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest provide endless recreational and educational opportunities to the southwest Michigan community. From trail maintenance with specialized forestry equipment to educational field trips, every donation helps no matter the denomination.

Donate to Kellogg Forest

For donation information please contact the Forest Manager at 269-731-4597 or