Fernhill Wetlands

Forest Grove, OR
Length: 1.10 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

This is a great trail area for all ages and also serves as a great education opportunity on natural treatment systems or wetlands to improve water quality. It is stroller friendly as it is mostly a mix of pavement and gravel with a few dirt trail stretches.  Within the wetlands you can take various routes to explore Fernhill Lake, an assortment of marshes and a Water Garden. The main loop around Fernhill Lake is 1.1 mile and you can also explore various side trails to see other areas of interest.

This is a great wildlife lookout area, so be sure to stop, look, and listen for different species of birds, frogs, fuzzy caterpillars, and various insects that you can enjoy watching along the trail.  There are big rocks for climbing, logs for sitting and standing on and many benches around the trails to stop and rest or observe.

There are a few covered shelters along the walk, but otherwise the trail is open with no substantial tree cover. To extend your exploration time, pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on one of the many sitting areas around the trail or under the covered picnic shelter near the parking lot.

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake, Mud Puddles, Shelter, and Wildlife Viewing

ADA accessible trail
Logs/rocks for climbing
Wildlife viewing
Shade/sun and picnic shelters
Bike Repair Station

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

I’m Jill, a mom to 3 energetic boys as well as a business owner. We live in Yamhill County, Oregon and I got involved with Hike it Baby in May 2016 as a Branch Ambassador.   As a self-employed business consultant, working from home while raising my boys started to feel a bit isolating.  Getting connected with my community was important to me and I wanted to get back out in the fresh air more. Even if we get out just once a week it makes a difference and I appreciate having that “unplugged” time. I look forward to getting more families to join me for adventures out on a trail.

I enjoy exploring new trails and rediscovering trails we’ve explored before in new seasons. Personally, I am drawn to any hike involving waterfalls so when I get a chance I am trying to find new ones to explore and find.

During the week most of our hikes are fairly close to home to accommodate our current school and work schedules, but no matter how big or small we like to get outside on adventures.   When we have more time we try to sneak a little further from home to explore the coast, Columbia Gorge, Central Oregon or out to the mountains.    My husband and I enjoyed hiking before having kids and are now trying to raise our boys to love the outdoors as well, and look forward to many adventures in our future.


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