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Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area

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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

Fort Yamhill was built in the mid-1800s to regulate the eastern border of the Grand Ronde Agency Coastal Reservation, and represents a difficult time for the people of the region. Besides birding interest, a visit offers a glimpse into life in the 1850s and 1860s. A 0.5 mi hiking trail winds through Douglas-fir forest edge and open, hilly meadow. In spring and summer listen for Warbling and Cassin’s Vireos and Swainson’s Thrush. Watch for Violet-green and Tree Swallows, Western Tanager, and a variety of warblers including Black-throated Gray, Orange-crowned, and Wilson’s Warblers. Year-round look for Hutton’s Vireo, Black-capped and Chestnut- backed Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bushtit, and Bewick’s and Winter Wrens.

From Hwy 18, go N at Valley Junction on Hwy 22 (Hebo Rd) 1 mi, to the Fort Yamhill State Park sign. Turn E and follow for 0.6 mi, through the Grand Ronde Tribal Pow Wow grounds, to the parking lot.

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  • Phone:
    (800) 551-6949
  • Address:
    Valley Junction, OR 97396
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