Fernhill Wetlands

Clean water, naturally

Fernhill Wetlands is part of more than 700 acres in Forest Grove owned by Clean Water Services and managed in partnership with the City of Forest Grove and Fernhill Wetlands Council. It is a popular destination for birders who come to see rare migratory birds. 




Fernhill Parking Lot & Trails Open

Fernhill trails, parking lot, shelter and restroom are open to the public. Please use caution near curbs and in the parking lot until surfacing is complete in mid-2018. For further questions, please call 503.681.3600.

Parking Lot Closed 

Fern Hill Rd., between Geiger Rd. and Taylor Way, is closed due to flooding. The Fernhill parking lot is also closed until water levels recede. Visit wc-roads.com for updates.

1399 SW Fern Hill Road, Forest Grove, Oregon, 97117

Driving directions: Take Highway 47 south out of Forest Grove. Turn left onto Fern Hill Road and continue a quarter mile to the free parking lot on the left.

Transit directions: Ride TriMet's Frequent Service bus line 57 to Pacific Hwy and Maple; walk or bike about a mile south on Maple St, which becomes Fern Hill Road when it crosses TV Hwy. There are sidewalks most of the way. 

No Dogs: Fernhill is for wildlife, so please do not bring pets.

Trails: Some trails are ADA. Bikes are not allowed on the trails, so please use the bike racks.

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Be a Fernhill Volunteer Steward

We’re building a team of volunteers who will enjoy Fernhill while helping visitors learn what’s happening there. You’ll make friends, get exercise and the benefits of being in nature, teach and learn, maybe even share your talents and expertise at special events. The next orientation will be March 31 from 10 am to 2 pm.

To apply to become a volunteer, please contact volunteer coordinator Jan Curry at fernhillvsp@gmail.com

Safety First During Flooding Season

Fern Hill Rd regularly floods during winter season. To keep motorists from driving onto flooded roads, Washington County has installed two permanent gates that will close when the road is unsafe to pass. Thank you for following the “ROAD CLOSED” signs.


Birds Thriving at Fernhill

The natural treatment wetlands at Fernhill were created with care to benefit birds that rely on this Important Bird Area, and this Audubon report, Avian Response to Habitat Restoration at Fernhill Wetlands, proves that it's working! Check out this infographic, Birds Flock to Fernhill, to learn about the bird activity at Fernhill.

For the love of Fernhill: A water treatment facility but so much more (The Intertwine 6/8/16)

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