Welcome to the Jacksonville Woodlands Association
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.
Visitors should be aware that the trail system is feeling the effects of a major winter storm. Rain and melted snow are causing some major run-off problems in places. Please avoid bicycle use on muddy or flooded trails until we've experienced dryer weather. These mud photos were taken Jan. 20.
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 past 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.
In addition, some of the old "glory holes" left over from mining have a lot of standing water at the bottom. Please keep an eye on small children.
(Please note: no photographs on this site may be copied without permission from the photographer or JWA.)