Access Lithia Park from I-5 by taking either exit 14 or 19. Travel to downtown Ashland and take Winburn Way south into the park. Park and walk south through the park. If you go about 1.5 miles, you will come to a water tank and a pond. This is the end of the trail. A walk around the perimeter of Lithia Park in central Ashland is always worthwhile. To continue, walk uphill from downtown on Granite Street then loop around the park and return to downtown on the dirt road which you see heading east after you reach the swimming reservoir. This is about a four miles circuit altogether. To shorten it, turn left off Granite just uphill from the park maintenance yard, cross the bridge, and turn left (east) in front of the park headquarters, cross the cul-de-sac and walk east on the dirt path.Directions
Habitat and Birds
Birds found in Lithia Park include Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese, Common Merganser, Wood Duck nest here, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, Acorn, Downy, and possibly Lewis’s Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Band-tailed Pigeon, California Quail, Killdeer, Bewick’s Wren, Bushtit, Lesser and American Goldfinch, Brewer’s and Red-winged Blackbird. In spring and summer: Western Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, Wilson’s, Yellow and Orange-crowned Warbler, Robin, Swainson’s Thrush, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock’s Oriole, Song Sparrow, Goldencrowned and White-crowned Sparrow, Junco. During migration any of the local accipiters, Cedar Waxwing (I’ve seen hundreds in the trees here in May) and summering warblers such as Nashville and MacGillivray’s are possible. At night look for Western Screech-owl in Lithia Park.