Petard Trail and Liz Trail Loop

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Petard Trail and Liz Trail Loop is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jacksonville, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.3 miles
1,000 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






In 1989, alarmed by the prospect of development destroying the scenic wooded hillsides surrounding their National Historic Landmark City, the citizens of Jacksonville, Oregon rallied to form the non-profit Jacksonville Woodlands Association. During the past 2 decades the Woodlands Association has preserved 22 parcels of forested open space (320 acres) and has constructed 18 miles of connecting interpretive and recreational trails surrounding 70% of the town's historic district.

1 day ago

I hike this trail several times a year it is easy, but there are a few steep sections. There isn't much if any snow during the winter which makes it an excellent place to hike when other places are snowed in. A couple if years ago while hiking the trail there was a rattlesnake that buzzed at my dog on the edge of the trail. Beware if you are hiking with children. That was the only time I saw a rattlesnake but I have heard them a few times.

trail running
1 month ago

The trail system is behind the Britt grounds. It's across the highway if you park by the library. Wildflowers are everywhere early spring. Watch for poison oak in summer! It's a nice mix of hills and flat.

2 months ago

Good short hike

4 months ago

The trail is nicely wooded, as mentioned before, it is next to the highway so you will hear some traffic noise, overall I would hike this again!

5 months ago

The directions to the trails are bad. Never did see the river but it was pleasant. The Panoramic Viewpoint was nice.

6 months ago

Directions took me to a cemetery... I don't know if I just missed it or my directions weren't working but I wasted 30 minutes of my time and gas. Never had this happen before.

9 months ago

Really pretty view from the top of panoramic view/trail (I think that’s the name). There are a bunch of trails we went to a couple different ones. If you donate 50cents you can get a super informative pamphlet. I believe the price is to assist in maintaining the park so if you take one I think it’s only right to donate! Anyways, it’s a super easy trail, a couple uphill but many downhill and flat areas. I would definitely recommend this trail, it has an awesome view and is very shaded. Watch out for ticks! My dog got one in her armpit so make sure to check your clothing and body as well as your pets.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Easy to get too with some really pretty views. A couple steep parts but a rest in there and you'll do just fine. Perfect for kids.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nice trail, good for kiddos. My boys are 5 and 7, they did great.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

good for beginners but not kid friendly. my 6 year old would not have been able to hike these hills. but a great place for me to work out, unfortunately not mountain pretty enough though.

trail running
Sunday, July 02, 2017

By far my favorite get away place.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Would be great if it didn't run along a major road. The road noise ruined it. But it's great for locals to take a walk or for anyone who wants an easy trail run.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Love it

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

kuj cr 8il unusual iigt

Friday, May 26, 2017

nice easy trail. Took my dog with me. dog waste bags provided on trail. beautiful shady creek areas and some fun little informational boards for interesting spots.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Excellent place for a stroll through the hills!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

We walked the Shade Creek trail and it was very nice, shaded, cool, pretty and easy.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

It is easy and good for the hole family.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Love hiking this area and the beautiful scenery

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Love this area!!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Easy to find. Many different trails springing from one parking area. Different difficulty levels. Something for everyone.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

This trail was really pretty, took a couple of hours to complete, and had a nice variety of nature, but we were pretty disappointed that you could hear the sounds from the busy road nearby the majority of the trail. It definitely took away from our enjoyment of the scenery to hear cars rushing by.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

It's so easy to just hike up and around, taking a different trail each time.

Friday, September 09, 2016

good walk, not quite easy, but it was fun.

Monday, August 29, 2016

This was a fun hike! Trail is well maintained. Quite a few hikers on the trails.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

a good evening hike

Friday, July 22, 2016

Very nice hike for me and the dog :)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fun little jaunt!

Sunday, May 08, 2016

the trail I was on was easy with good tree cover, finding the entrance was confusing though, l expected the typical day use trail head parking Google directed me to Jacksonville public parking and the trail started from the britt house which I wasn't expecting. but the walk was nice along a creek with wild flowers now in bloom

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Easy trail, but pretty. Good walk if you want just something simple. Dogs are allowed.

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