Fall walk at Nob Hill Nature Park

nob hill nature park st. helens oregon columbia county

A couple weeks ago I took a stroll at the Nob Hill Nature Park. The trail was basically empty. It provided a quiet place of beauty in the middle of downtown St. Helens.

Driving up to the Plymouth Street entrance, I noticed that the adjacent water treatment facility sported quite a few birds. At least six species of ducks, two species of gulls, and a kingfisher were in view.

The park itself was green and peaceful. Oak, ferns, and meadow dominated different areas. There was a small walkway over a vernal wetland. Birds were everywhere – I saw Dark-eyed Juncos, Spotted Towhees, Song Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, California Scrub-Jays, Bushtits, Black-capped Chickadees, and others.

nob hill nature park st. helens oregon columbia county
nob hill nature park st. helens oregon columbia county
nob hill nature park st. helens oregon columbia county
nob hill nature park st. helens oregon columbia county

Poking around the ground revealed ample life at the lowest level, including several species of woodland salamander.

Though it only preserves a small area, the park is a worthwhile addition to local biodiversity and a place for children and others to experience a piece of nature. I plan to return in the spring to see what wildflowers and reptiles might appear in a different season.

Nob Hill Nature Park at a glance

What: nature trail, birdwatching

Where: From Highway 30 in St. Helens, turn east on Gable Road, continue left on Old Portland Road, and then bear right on Plymouth Street, reaching the water treatment plant at 451 Plymouth Street. The park is across from the plant (45.8563, -122.7997). There is also access from 3rd and 4th Street.

Nob Hill Nature Park directions St. Helens Columbia County Oregon

Hiking: 1/3 mile nature trail

Camping: none

Notable Wildlife: Bald Eagle, woodpeckers, songbirds, White-breasted Nuthatch. Waterfowl and other birds are prevalent at the adjacent water-treatment plant.

Property status: City of St. Helens

Website: City of St. Helens: Nob Hill Nature Park
Scappoose Bay Watershed: Nob Hill Nature Park
Friends of Nob Hill Nature Park

Published by Jonathan

Educator, Social Worker, Herpetologist, Hiker. Deepest desire is to see people across society working together for the good of all people and nature alike.

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