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.


  Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's annual Hike-A-Thon!  

For photos of the event, click on the "Hike-A-Thon" tab above, or go to the Media Gallery.

       Spring Trails    



A cool breeze may waft along a ridge, while the sun throws dappled light and shadows along the trails. Birds call in the canopy and in the thick brush. And almost everywhere you look, colorful flowers are poking their way into spring. 
The Woodlands are known for their signature flower, the Gentner's Fritillary, and its more common cousin, the Recurva, or Red Bell.
 But the more abundant flower in early spring is the Shooting Star. At times their purple-pink blooms seem to be lit from within as a low-angled sun's ray hits them just right. 
In the shadier areas, such as along the Sarah Zigler Trail,
 Bleeding Hearts and
 Trillium make showy appearances. Meanwhile, the tiny Toothwart works its magic with numbers, covering the moss and green with small white four-pointed stars.
   The display seems to change weekly:  photographer Jeanena Whitewilson took the three photos below the last week of April:

Adding their red leaves to the woodlands artistry, poison oak stalks are at least obvious this time of year. It's a good reason to stay on the trails!

Please leave the wildflowers to grow where their beauty can be enjoyed by all. They wilt so quickly after picking that it is never worth it.  

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