Sights & Activities
Jacksonville features world-class shopping. You’ll find everything from stylish boutiques, fine & costume jewelry, fair trade goods & clothes, imported specialty foods, art, pottery, books,greeting cards, toys, gifts, quilts & supplies, candles, soaps, candy & cupcakes, bikes, antiques, leather goods, purses, shoes, and much, much more! Visit our Business Directory for a full listing and directions.
Great restaurants for all tastes! From a quick burger to fancy linens, Jacksonville has it all. Please visit our Business Directory for a full listing and directions.
Jacksonville is so lucky to have an amazing trail system. Click here for the New Hiking Map! The Jacksonville Woodlands Park and Trail System is a 280 acre hillside woodland park. You can access the trails from the Britt Hill Parking Lot, another entrance just past the Library on Hwy. 238, and behind the historic Beekman House. Wildflowers, shrub oak, Madrones and more will greet you – along with some fabulous views. The gorgeous The Fritillaria gentneri, one of the rarest native plants in the world, is found only in isolated populations in Southern Oregon. The largest concentration of this rare and showy red bell is found in the woodlands immediately surrounding Historic Jacksonville, Oregon.
The Forest Park is a new hiking & mountain biking area just West of town. Take Hwy 238, turn on MaryAnn Drive, and an immediate left up Reservoir Road to the signs for Forest Park. Beautiful views and the old Railroad Trails can be seen here.
This wonderful arboretum is the only one in Jackson County and the only native plant arboretum in Southern Oregon. This three-acre gem contains more than 175 tree, shrub and herb species from the eight plant zones in Southern Oregon. The Arboretum is located behind the Historic Beekman House at 470 West California Street.
Over 100 buildings in Jacksonville are on the National Register of Historic Places. Check out this great map to see where these are, and learn the history behind the town.
Self-Guided Audio Tours
19th Century Jacksonville comes to life in four narrated, self-guided audio tours featuring sounds of the era
and voices of pioneers who settled Southern Oregon. The tours include the Downtown Historic Core, Historic Homes, the Historic Pioneer Cemetery & the Jacksonville Woodlands. Rent tours for $5 at the Jacksonville Visitors Center, 185 N. Oregon Street, Jacksonville. 541.899.8118. Download them for free online at the Jacksonville Chamber Website.
Trolley Tours are a great way to see the town and learn some fun history and facts. The tours begin mid May at the Beekman Bank located on the corner of California and Third Street. There are five tours a day departing at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm. The fare is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for ages 6-12, and free under 6 years of age.
What a fun & different way to see the lovely town of Jacksonville! Segway Tours are available year-round for group or independent tours. Training included! Call 541.899.5269 or visit them at segwayofjacksonville.com.
Another fun way to explore town on your own is to rent a bike from Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth Street (next to Pony Espresso). Call 541-899-9190 for details.
Jacksonville Historic Cemetery
Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery sits on approximately 30 acres on top of a hill overlooking downtown Jacksonville, Oregon, its residential areas, and the Rogue Valley. The first burial in the cemetery occurred in October 1859. If you love history and a gorgeous, peaceful setting, please visit our wonderful cemetery. Find out more at the Friends of the Historic Cemetery Website and the City Cemetery Website.
From May through October, visit the local Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9am until noon at the Jacksonville Courthouse grounds on Fifth Street (next to the Mustard Seed Cafe). Find fresh eggs, produce, baked goods, homemade sauces & flowers at this wonderful gathering spot.
Music Under the Stars
Jacksonville is fortunate to have one of the finest, outdoor music venues around. The Britt Festivals features talented and famous artists from June through September. The Classical Festival in August is fantastic – with 94 musicians from around the country. At Britt, you can choose a reserved seat or picnic on the grass. You get up-close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing musicians. You cannot miss the Britt Festivals. Go to brittfest.org for the schedule and details.
If wine is your thing, you’ve come to the right place! Jacksonville has numerous fantastic tasting rooms in town, and 17 more just west in the beautiful Applegate Valley. Please visit our Business Directory for a full listing and The Applegate Wine Trail site.
Doc Griffin Park & Water Park
Jacksonville has the perfect spot to picnic and watch the kids! A fabulous playground with large slide, swing & climb structure and fun water park are the perfect way to burn some energy and enjoy the outdoors. Located behind the McCully House on Fifth Street and Oregon Street.
Behind the library parking lot, below the Historic Cemetery is a fun, little skate park. Visit www.skateoregon.com/Jacksonville/Jacksonville.html for pictures and information and this video of a competition.
Jacksonville features a beautiful, modern, well-appointed Public Library, located at 340 West “C” Street Jacksonville, Oregon 97530.The library offers activities and programs for people of every age: Story times, events, concerts, art displays and more are constant fun offerings, so please check out the link above for current events. Hours are Mon 12 noon – 5 pm, Wed 10 am – 5 pm, Thurs 2 pm – 6 pm, & Sat 10 am – 2 pm.
Outdoor Sculpture Art
Around town, you will see some wonderful sculptures by prominent artists. Look for them next to the Post Office, beside Pico’s, Lodestar, Magnolia Inn, Jacksonville Courthouse and other spots! These make great photo ops!
Once a month, on a Friday evening, movies are shown in our downtown Town Hall. These vary from golden oldies to newer flicks. It is a great way to mingle with your neighbors, share some camaraderie and learn about the movies. Bookmark this website and “Friend” us on Facebook for dates and alerts.