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 the Beekman Arboretum Clean-Up Day!

For photos of the event go to the Media Gallery.

                                             Summer Trails     



   The wildflowers have disappeared until next year and the grasses have turned golden, but with dappled shadows on many of the trails, the Woodlands still offer a great place for summer hiking.  Since mornings are usually cool in the Rogue Valley, those are the best times to hike the Woodlands trails in the summer.  An added bonus if you go in the first couple of weeks in August is the possibility of hearing the Britt Classical orchestra during a morning rehearsal.  But even if you're not there during a rehearsal, you'll still have plenty to hear. Though not as rambunctious as in the spring, you can still hear the chuckling call of the Acorn Woodpeckers and the chatter of the chickadees.  You might hear a welcome breeze as it blows through the scrub oak and madrone leaves, or the rustle of a lizard as it dives into the brush by the side of the trail.  

Though there is some shade in many places, there are also many open areas, and when high temperatures get into the 90's or over 100, it will feel hot no matter how much shade you find.

 It's especially important during the hot times to bring water along on your hike.

And as always, stay on the trails to avoid poison oak -- a warning probably not necessary as its red leaves during late summer make it conspicuous.




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