Type: Fitness Trail, Greenway, Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail, Urban Trail
Length: 2.50 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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Location: Begins one block from the downtown district of the National Landmark City of Jacksonville, OR; located in SW Oregon, 20 miles north of the California border, 5 miles west of I-5 and the urban center of the Rogue River Valley, Medfo
Latitude: 42.31544 Longitude: -122.98269
From Medford, Oregon head west on the Hwy 238 (Jacksonville Highway) six miles to the 5th Street stop sign. Turn right on California Street. Keep heading west three blocks passing through Jacksonville's historic core. Turn left at the stop sign for one block. Turn right on Main Street for one block. Turn uphill on 1st Street for half a block. Stop at the sign annoucing "Britt Park". Walk into the park to the Zigler Trailhead.
The Sarah Zigler Interpretive Trail begins in the historic Peter Britt Gardens, where Peter Britt settled in 1852, built his home and planted gardens that were the foundation of the area's multimillion dollar fruit industry.
From here the trail passes by the famous Britt Sequoia (1862) which many regard as the oldest Sequoia tree in Oregon. The trail then climbs up to the Britt Water Ditch, following the lush creek side beauty of Jackson Creek and The Zigler Woods. It was here that gold was first discovered in 1851, which prompted the famous Jacksonville Gold Rush of 1852.
For the next mile the trail traces through various forest types and alongside old mine tailings. Crossing Jackson Creek the trail climbs through a transitional forest of Ponderosa Pine, Douglas fir, Big Leaf Maple, and Madrone, to the top of a dry ridge consisting mostly of small Oregon White Oak. Views are also enjoyed of the Siskiyou and Cascade Mountains.
From the forested ridge line, hikers are able to explore many side trails to "glory holes" and old gold mine diggings. The face of the forest begins to change once more as the trail loops back toward its beginning in Britt park. Entering Britt Park hikers are able to enjoy the lush coolness of the groomed park grounds as they pass the Britt Pavilion, the site of the Britt Music Festivals. Following the down sloping path returns hikers to where they started - at the fieldstone foundation of the old Britt home.
Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Gravel
Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 1,500
Elevation High Point: 1,750
Year Designated: 2000
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City of Jacksonville
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