The trails are open year-round but can get muddy (or snowy) in places during the winter.
The trails are used by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, so please observe proper trail etiquette. A few trails are reserved for mountain biking (these are usually signed as such), so please don’t hike on these.
There are no potable water sources in the park or along the trails – be sure to bring plenty of your own.
Need to Know
There are no fees to use this park. There are 7 designated parking areas throughout the park, each with room for 5 to 12 cars. They are located near clusters of trailheads. Some have chemical toilets but most have no amenities beyond a parking space. Very useful paper trails maps are sometimes available at the parking area kiosks but can also be obtained online.
Jacksonville Forest Park, located about 2 miles from the center of Jacksonville, Oregon offers a web of over 30 miles of multi-use (running and mountain biking) trails in the Jackson Creek Watershed, broken-up into 25+ named trails of 3 miles in length or less. Approximately half of the trails follow cool creek beds (popular venues for summer runs) and half traverse open oak hillsides (popular on sunny winter days). There are three trail-side shelters scattered about and a few good viewpoints but this park is not a place where you’d run expressly for views. Signage is generally good, and you'll eventually find your way back to where you parked.
The 2.1-mile long Atsahu (the Shasta name for sugar pine) Trail is a combination of singletrack trail and old road that runs from the saddle on Twin Peaks past the historic Norling Mine site to the Jackson Ridge Trail
on Jackson Ridge. Along the way, it crosses the Arrowhead Pass Trail
, the Shade Creek Trail
, and Norling Road.
Flora & Fauna
Watch out for ticks in the spring, rattlesnakes (rare) in the warmer months, and poison oak all year-round. Consider these nuisances if you let your dog off leash.
Shared By: BK Hope