Lithia Park is the crowned jewel of Ashland, and for good reason. The park consists of 93 acres of forested canyon land around Ashland Creek, stretching from the downtown plaza up towards it’s headwaters near Mount Ashland. You can enter the park from downtown and enjoy emerald lawns, tennis courts, volleyball courts, picnic areas, colorful landscaping and playground equipment. Aside from the more developed areas, you can also find duck ponds, rose gardens, groves of sycamore trees, a Japanese garden, and numerous secluded spots right in the middle of glorious nature. You may schedule a guided nature walk or go adventuring for yourself. A 1.5 mile hiking trail will bring you to a swimmable reservoir. If on mountain bike, tackle the 28-mile loop that circles the entire Ashland Creek watershed to the edge of Mt.Ashland itself. Lithia Park has something for everyone, and that is why it is ranked as the #1 must see nature spot in Ashland.