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Jacksonville Woodlands History Tour

REGISTRATION will open on April 1st at 6am.

You won’t want to miss this fabulous tour through the Woodlands in Jacksonville with funny, inspiring, and knowledgeable leader, Larry Smith. This is a four-mile hike through Jacksonville’s Historic Rich Gulch Mining District and descent into French Gulch to view a reestablished hydraulic mining display and water cannon. The three-hour hike will also include the Chinese Diggings and Panorama Point and if time allows a partial hike on the Petard Water Ditch Trail. Larry will discuss how the miners changed the forests around Jacksonville and the group will be able to view a number of “Glory Holes” that proved to be far from glorious. Larry Smith is a local school teacher and a longtime resident and board member of the Jacksonville Woodlands Association.

The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy holds seven conservation easements on lands owned by the City of Jacksonville that are part of the Jacksonville Woodlands and Trails system. Learn more at

Guide: Larry Smith
Focus: Cultural and Natural History, Development of the Woodlands
Limit: 20
Meeting Location: Jacksonville, Oregon. Exact meeting location and directions will be emailed upon registration.
Difficulty: Up to 4 miles of relatively flat walking on broad, well-maintained trails.

Waiting List:
Folks on the waiting list often get invited to the hike, so please add your name if the hike is full.

Banner image: Jacksonville Woodlands photo by Lloyd Smith at

Earlier Event: April 18
New Member Wildflower Hike & Dinner
Later Event: April 21
Geology of the Cascade Foothills