Willamette Water Supply work at Orenco Woods Nature Park
Starting in October 2022, a water pipeline project will run through the east side of Orenco Woods Nature Park. The work will close a section of Rock Creek Regional Trail and the nature trail that crosses Rock Creek. Construction will take up to two years.
A detour of Rock Creek Regional Trail will be clearly marked.
Willamette Water Supply will follow a wildlife protection plan during the project and restore any habitat that was disrupted during construction.
Learn more about the Willamette Water Supply project
Have questions about the project?
Contact Willamette River Water Supply at 503-941-4570 or email [email protected].
Jog or bike across the spectacular new bridge on the Rock Creek Trail, where you can watch great blue herons in the wetlands below. Explore the nature play area for children or search for deer and raptors in the oak savanna and upland forest. More than a century ago, the park was part of the Oregon Nursery Company, the largest nursery on the west coast and best known for Orenco apples. Metro and the City of Hillsboro later purchased the site, restored habitat along Rock Creek, and built new bridges and other improvements to welcome visitors.
See and do
- Hike the park’s 1.6 miles of trails.
- Explore the nature play area for children.
- Enjoy a picnic. The covered picnic shelter at Orenco Woods can be reserved through the City of Hillsboro, which provides day-to-day management of the park.
- Look for great blue heron, beavers and more along Rock Creek and the wetlands.
- Ride your bike along the Rock Creek Trail, a regional trail that runs through the park.
- Watch for red-tailed hawk, black-tailed deer and other wildlife.
Know when you go
- Orenco Woods is open from sunrise to sunset.
- The park has restrooms and a picnic area.
- Parts of the park are wheelchair accessible, including the Rock Creek Trail. Other trails at the park are made of compacted crushed gravel, which is firm and stable, though portions of some trails exceed 5 percent slope.
- Typically, dogs and other pets are not allowed at Metro parks and natural areas to protect sensitive habitat. Metro is making an exception by allowing pets on the Rock Creek Trail at Orenco Woods because it is a designated regional trail. Pets must be on-leash at all times and are not allowed anywhere else at the park.
- Smoking and vaping are not allowed.
- Hunting is not allowed.
- Drones, model planes, model boats and other remote-controlled vehicles are not allowed.
- Geocaching is allowed with guidelines.
- Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department provides day-to-day management.
- During inclement weather, please check oregonmetro.gov/parks for information about any closures.