JACKSON BOTTOM WETLANDS
This 650-acre wildlife preserve is located on Hwy 219 in Hillsboro and is home to a pair of nesting Bald Eagles whose nest can usually be seen from the northern viewing platform.
Many species of waterfowl and raptors can be viewed from this platform but to find a wider range of species we head to the Education Center further down the road where trails go through the wetlands. The trails are not wheelchair accessible but the northern viewing platform is. Restroom in Education Center. Meeting place is at this northern shelter.
How to Get There: From Highway 26 take the North Plains exit and drive south on Glencoe Rd approximately 6 miles, through Hillsboro, until the road turns into Hwy 219 which you follow just south of Hwy 8 to the preserve’s northern shelter or to the Education Center further south. Otherwise simply follow Hwy 8 from either east or west to intersection with Hwy 219 and turn south to the preserve.
This information excerpted from the wonderful resource, Wild in the City: A Guide to Portland’s Natural Areas edited by Cody and Houck.
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