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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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  1. Fort Yamhill

    written by Grant McOmie on December 2nd, 2010

    If you know where to look, Oregon’s history books come to life in the great outdoors including one of the oldest and more controversial chapters that even pre-dates Oregon statehood.It is history that’s open for you to explore…

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