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A snowy day at Jackson Bottom with the sun shining through the branches of the trees. 

Trails at Jackson Bottom Wetlands

Seasonal flooding has arrived! The north end gate has been closed until spring. During winter months most trails experience flooding – it is advisable to call for trail conditions prior to arriving (503-681-6206). When trails are open, they are only accessible from the main entrance at the Nature Center. Learn more about seasonal flooding and trail conditions.

Link to JBWP Trails Map


Preserve Map

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2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve and Education Center are located off of SW Hillsboro Highway. The Preserve trails begin at the parking lot and branch into several different paths that explore the wetlands, and return to the main entrance. There is a seasonal trailhead at the north viewing area to access the trail system.

Hours and Admission

  • Trails are open dawn to dusk, seven days a week.
  • No dogs or bicycles, please.
  • The Education Center is open 10 am to 4 pm, seven days a week.
  • Groups of 10 or more, or others seeking accommodation,  please call 503-681-6206 to schedule your visit or inquire about trail conditions.

Admission is free and open to the public; there is a suggested donation of $2 for ages 10+.

Plan Your Visit

Wetlands Education Center


  Metro Awards $335,000 Grant

Metro awarded the City of Hillsboro a $335,000 Nature in Neighborhoods capital grant for the restoration of 270-acres of degraded habitat at the north of Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.

Opened in September 2003, the 12,000 sq. ft. Wetlands Education Center includes an exhibit hall filled with interactive exhibits on wetlands and natural history, and the only bald eagle nest on display in the continental United States. The Center also has a Nature Store, a multipurpose space for programs, and a large covered deck overlooking the Preserve—a perfect space for rentals and special events. The Center is a gateway to the unique resources and programs of the Preserve.



Located minutes south of downtown Hillsboro, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve’s 635 acres are a quiet sanctuary for both people and wildlife. Over 211 species of birds are sighted annually at Jackson Bottom, including Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, and thousands of Tundra Swans and Northern Pintails, making Jackson Bottom a haven for bird watchers. The Preserve is home to deer, otters, beavers, and thousands of other species.

Providing interpretive education on wetlands and wildlife, panoramic views, natural resource management, trails and recreation, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a treasure for the entire region.


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Engel, SteveNature Program SupervisorParks & Recreation503-681-6283
Howard, Susan Administrative Support SpecialistParks & Recreation503-681-6206
Kearns, DianeEnvironmental Education Program SupervisorParks & Recreation503-681-6278
Peterson, HeatherCommunity Garden Program CoordinatorParks & Recreation503-681-5374
Prince, LoriOutdoor Recreation ManagerParks & Recreation503-681-6424
Trunk, LauraRestoration BiologistParks & Recreation503-681-5373