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.