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Ashland Woodlands & Trails Association (AWTA)

Wildflowers along Gyre Trail of Lewis Loops

AWTA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 group committed to helping preserve, maintain, and provide appropriate public access to the woodlands and trails in the broader Ashland, Oregon area.

AWTA works under the auspices of the USDA Forest Service, the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Ashland Forest Lands Commission to design, build and maintain a variety of trails used by hikers, runners, cyclists, and equestrians in the Ashland watershed. Additionally, we work with the Pacific Crest Trail Association to maintain sections of the Pacific Crest Trail near Ashland.

We are a volunteer-based community organization.

Upcoming trail work days.

Join our email list (below) and/or Facebook for more up-to-date info. Most of these work dates will likely meet at the Fairy Ponds parking area. Come early to fill out waivers if you haven’t already. Or bring with you.


To help ensure a lasting trails legacy, in 2006 we helped prepare the first Ashland Trails Master Plan for city lands. In 2019, we worked on an update. In 2010, we began working with the Forest Service to create a trails master plan for the Ashland watershed on FS lands, and in 2011, we submitted our Trails Master Plan (large file). In 2014, the Forest Service completed their Environmental Assessment (here). The Draft Decision Notice (DDN) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) followed and can be found here. Finally, in the penultimate day of 2015, the final DN and FONSI were released (here).  We began implementing the plan in early 2016 and will likely to continue to do so for a few more years.

AWTA won the City of Ashland’s “Volunteer Spirit” Community Service Award in 2009.

AWTA raises funds through the annual Mt Ashland Hillclimb run, the Bandersnatch and Lewis Loops runs, grants, and private donations to fund trail design, construction and maintenance.

Learn about our mission, come to one of our trail events, review and print trail maps, become a member, or make a donation.

This 2018 AWTA presentation to Ashland City Council addresses some of the many things AWTA does. Click on the “Present” button in the upper right of screen and then use the space bar on your keyboard to advance.  (Note, if you don’t use the Present button, the presentation won’t look right).

Learn something from the history of our trails in this 2019 presentation: We’re the Fagawi (Click on the “Present” button in the upper right of screen and then use the space bar on your keyboard to advance.)

For updates and more details, check here or on Facebook.

Subscribe to our Email list to learn more about upcoming events and to receive our annual newsletter!    

Updated: 06/20/2021