Welcome to the Jacksonville Woodlands Association

The Jacksonville Woodlands Association is caring for the special places that have been saved by the citizens of Jacksonville so that all may experience our city's gold rush heritage.

In 1989, alarmed by the prospect of development destroying the scenic wooded hillsides surrounding their National Historic Landmark City, the citizens of Jacksonville, Oregon rallied to form the non-profit Jacksonville Woodlands Association. Since then the Woodlands Association has preserved 22 parcels of forested open space (320 acres) and has constructed 18 miles of connecting interpretive and recreational trails surrounding 70% of the town's historic district. The Association's preservation efforts have attracted national attention and has set the standard for community land preservation in Oregon.  Maps of Jacksonville’s extensive trail system are available at the city’s information center, various trail heads or by contacting the JWA at: Info@jvwoodlands.org   or by mailing a request to: JWA, P.O. Box 1210, Jacksonville, Oregon.


 Snowy Trails

Visitors should be aware that Jacksonville and the trail system are feeling the effects of a major winter storm.  Many of the roads leading to trailheads will still be icy and not recommended.  The amount of snow on the trails will vary due to tree cover and topography.  In some cases, partially buried roots or rocks may pose hazards.  

Rain is expected starting January 7, which will melt the remaining snow, but will likely result in many slick mud portions of trail, and possibly even some minor flooding in low-lying areas.  

This photo of the Sarah Zigler trail was taken on January 3rd, before the bulk of the snow arrived.  

                                     Winter Woodlands   




Winter has arrived!  Normally, the Jacksonville Woodlands are a good place to hike away any winter blues, as their elevation is usually low enough to preclude snow or ice.  However, this year winter arrived with an unusual low-elevation snowfall - up to a foot in places.  Of course, winter rains will soon follow, combining with the melted snow to create extremely wet and probably muddy conditions in places. 

 The mud photos on this page were taken last February after a few days of rain.  Since then, thanks to partnerships, several Woodlands trails have been repaired and improved. This past May, the Bureau of Land Management completed several restoration projects on Rich Gulch Trail designed to arrest erosion and drainage problems.  Last November, volunteers from three organizations --JWA, Forest Park, and the Boosters Club -- wheeled in and spread multiple loads of rock and granite to refurbish areas of the French Gulch and Chinese Diggings trails. These trails had suffered erosion and degradation from the wet winter weather. Another partner, the Jacksonville Parks Department, provided granite and gravel so the volunteers could create a French drain at the bottom of the Chinese Diggings Trail,
to help prevent future flooding.  

 It will help, though, if users are careful about how the trails are used and which trails are used during wet winter weather so less damage is done.  

 As always, please use judgement when trails are wet and muddy, especially when it comes to bicycles.  







(Please note: no photographs on this site may be copied without permission from the photographer or JWA.)