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The first land managers at Graham Oaks, Metro's 250-acre regional park in Wilsonville, were the Kalapuya Indians, who for centuries burned grasses and emerging trees in the late summer to encourage growth of large oaks. The trees' acorns were a four-season food source. Burning also enabled camas to spread – it's bulbs were another significant food source – and enhanced grazing habitat for deer and elk. The land was later farmed, and in 2001 Metro acquired it. Since then, Metro staff and volunteers have helped to restore the oak savanna, planting 150,000 native trees and shrubs and sowing 100 million grass and flower seeds.
Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the refuge is located in the floodplain of the 712 square mile Tualatin River watershed. The area boasts a variety of habitats and is home to nearly 200 species of birds, over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a wide variety of insects, fish and plants. The refuge features a one-mile year-round nature trail with ADA access, as well as 3 miles of seasonal walking paths, open May 1 through September 30.
TriMet buses 12 and 94 serve the main entrance at 19255 SW Pacific Hwy in Sherwood. Bicycle parking is provided at the main entrance, however bicycles are not permitted on refuge trails. For more information, call 503-625-5944.
Straddling the banks of Rock Creek, this 21-acre park owned and operated by the City of Hillsboro features a half-mile paved loop trail, picnic tables and a disc golf course. The trail passes through open and wooded natural areas and includes viewpoints, boardwalks and bridges over the creek.
Visitors can take TriMet bus 48 to NW Aloclek Drive and walk a quarter-mile south to the park entrance at 20900 NW Amberwood Drive in Hillsboro.
Tualatin’s Hedges Creek Greenway and Indian Meadows Greenway converge at Ibach Park. In addition to scenic creek-side paths and bridges, Ibach Park features over 19 acres of active recreational opportunities, including an award-winning, interactive educational play area. Interpretive amenities include signage and distinctively designed areas reflecting Tualatin’s history and pre-history.
Visitors can take TriMet bus 96 to SW Ibach Street in Tualatin and walk west a half-mile to the park entrance at 10455 SW Ibach Street.
The 30-mile Wildwood Trail passes through some of the most pristine natural areas in the region as it traverses Northwest Portland’s 5,157-acre Forest Park. The park is home to 112 bird and 62 mammal species. The Wildwood Trail connects to dozens of shorter trails within the park and is linked to the greater regional trail network. Attractions along the trail include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Hoyt Arboretum, Washington Park, the Pittock Mansion, the Audubon Society Sanctuary and Balch Creek. Trails and maintenance roads are accessible year-round to hikers, joggers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
Located 10 miles east of Clackamas just off Highway 224 on the Clackamas River, Barton Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities for the entire family. Overnight visitors will find spacious campgrounds, while day users will enjoy the covered picnic areas. Activities include horseshoes, volleyball and softball, but the park’s greatest attraction is the river, which draws anglers and rafters from around the region. The boat ramp is a popular exit point for rafters starting 6 miles upriver at McIver Park, and a popular entry point for those floating downriver 5 miles to Carver.
TriMet bus 31 serves the park entrance at Southeast Bakers Ferry Road and Highway 224.
The Westside Trail (formerly known as the Beaverton Powerline Trail) will be a continuous multiuse trail corridor from the Tualatin River north to Forest Park and the Willamette River. The completed trail will be 24 miles long and will serve the most densely populated part of Washington County. The trail follows a Bonneville Power Administration power line corridor and connects to major trails and natural areas, including the Willamette River Greenway and 40-Mile Loop Trail. Trail amenities include an ADA-compliant paved surface, natural settings, benches and trash receptacles. Currently more than 3 miles are complete, and another 2-mile segment from Schuepbach Park north to Tualatin Hills Nature Park is under construction.
The Tualatin Hills Nature Park is a 222-acre wildlife preserve in the heart of Beaverton. It is made up of evergreen and deciduous forests, creeks, wetlands, ponds and meadows. The park is home to a variety of birds, mammals and smaller creatures. There are approximately five miles of trails. About 1.5 miles are paved, while the rest are well-maintained soft surface trails. Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. The park has an interpretive center with a reference library, classrooms, nature store and exhibit area. The center offers a variety of outdoor recreation and environmental education classes for adults, children and school groups throughout the year.
MAX Blue Line Merlo Road/158th Station brings visitors to the Oak Trailhead. Follow the asphalt trail through the park for three-quarters of a mile to the visitor’s center at 15655 SW Millikan Way in Beaverton. For more information, call 503-629-6350.
Located between Halsey and Glisan streets at the site of an old rock quarry, the 70-acre Salish Ponds Wetlands Park opened in October 1999 and is Fairview's largest city park. Visitors can see hawks, geese, ducks, rabbits, coyotes and other wildlife. The Salish Ponds Trail connects to the Reynolds Middle School Campus and the Gresham-Fairview Regional Trail to the west.
TriMet bus 77 serves Salish Ponds Wetlands Park. Get off at 207th Avenue and walk south two blocks to the Salish Ponds Trailhead.
Originally envisioned by the Olmsted Brothers in their 1903 parks plan, the 40-mile loop was to be an interconnected chain of parks, boulevards and greenways. Now, 100 years later, the loop totals more than 140 miles and is nearly complete, connecting more than 30 parks in two counties and six cities. The system of earthen trails, bikeways and multiuse paths connects visitors to some of the region’s most popular destinations, including the Columbia River, OHSU, the Oregon Zoo and OMSI.
Clackamette Park’s beautiful beaches draw visitors from all over the region to lie in the sun or watch for wildlife. Nature lovers will find sanctuary along wooded paths, while fisherman and swimmers will enjoy the converging waters of the Willamette and Clackamas rivers. The Oregon City Skatepark, located near the entrance of the park, draws enthusiastic skateboarders from all over who enjoy the state of the art design.
TriMet busses 32, 33, 34, 79 and 99 traveling along Southeast McLaughlin Boulevard serve Clackamette Park. Get off at Dunes Drive and walk one block west and one block north to the park entrance at 1955 Clackamette Drive in Oregon City.
Acquired in 1990 by the City of Portland, the Springwater Corridor follows a 21-mile railroad grade, running from Southeast Portland to Boring. The trail offers recreational amenities for walkers, joggers, hikers, cyclists and equestrians. The trail follows the Willamette River, passing through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, before continuing on to Tideman-Johnson Nature Park, Powell Butte Nature Park and Main City Park in Gresham.
Nestled between the Willamette River and Macadam Avenue, Willamette Park is within easy walking distance of South Portland neighborhoods, including John’s Landing, Fulton, Sellwood, Dunthorpe, Lair Hill and South Waterfront. The park features a paved path – perfect for walking, jogging or cycling – that runs along the river and provides an off-street connection between housing and commercial areas. In addition to spectacular river views, Willamette Park also features a boat ramp, an off-leash dog area and sports fields.
TriMet bus 35 serves Willamette Park. Ride south on Southwest Macadam Avenue to the stop on Southwest Nebraska Street. Walk east one block on Nebraska. Go south on Beaver Avenue one block to the park entrance.
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