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FERNHILLS WETLANDS – FOREST GROVE

This is an extensive wetland and former sewage pond area teeming with bird life.

Common birds here include many raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds, and plentiful songbirds in spring. Walking is on level gravel paths around the ponds covering about 2.5 miles but the area is only marginally wheelchair accessible. No restroom.

To Get There: Take Highway 26 west to the North Plains exit (Glencoe Rd). Turn left (south) on Glencoe Rd. Take a right at the light on Zion Church Rd, at first roundabout follow sign for Forest Grove/Verboort
Rd, at second roundabout follow sign for Verboort Rd. Continue to stop sign at Highway 47 (sign reads Pacific University), turn left on 47. Continue on 47 into Forest Grove, across Highway 8, then turn left (south) at National Guard Armory sign on Fernhill Rd (which is marked as Maple St. on the right), cross the railroad tracks and turn left into the parking lot marked with a brown sign reading Fern Hill Wetlands.

This information excerpted from the book Wild in the City: A Guide to Portland’s Natural Areas, edited by Cody and Houck.

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