Featured Activity: Tualatin River Greenway Trail

Photo: City of Tualatin

Discover and explore the very best of Oregon’s outdoors right here in Tualatin.

There is no shortage of sightseeing, wine tasting and tax-free shopping opportunities in Portland and surrounding communities like ours, and our guests enjoy the close proximity to these wonderful amenities. However, one of our favorite local gems is often hidden in plain sight! In fact, it’s right in our own backyard!

There is nothing like hopping on a bike or going on a brisk walk through lush tree-lined pathways like the Tualatin River Greenway Trail, a 6-mile network of hiking and walking trails. Since opening in 2016, thousands of locals and visitors have taken a breathtaking adventure along the gorgeous Tualatin River, through interactive “Ice Age” interpretive centers, exploring wetlands and other natural areas in the center of the city.

You don’t have to go far to experience the unsurpassed natural beauty and unobstructed views of wildlife this region is so famous for. The best part? It doesn’t cost you a dime!

The trail gives pedestrians and cyclists easy access to the beautiful Tualatin river and a series of popular parks including Brown’s Ferry Park, Tualatin Community Park, Cook Park, Durham Park, Jurgen’s Park and Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Access to the new pedestrian bridges means that it’s never been easier to get out explore our rich communities and natural attractions along Tualatin River.

Some of the routes follow city streets and the route of the Tualatin Artwalk. You also get to wonder at the bones of Tualatin’s own mastodon at the Tualatin Public Library, where you will also see the fossil remains of other Pleistocene megafauna discovered in the area. The walk loops around the Hedges Creek Wetlands, a haven for herons, egrets, and various species of ducks. On a clear day, you will be treated to a view of Mount Hood.

This hike could also be started at the Cook Park Trailhead or the Tualatin Library Trailhead; it could also be combined with the Browns Ferry Hike and the Cook and Durham City Parks Hike if you want to complete the trails along the Tualatin River in this area.

So pack your walking shoes and load up your bike racks, you’re gonna need them to experience this natural gem for yourself!  Click here to download a map to this six-mile trail connecting Tualatin and plan your outdoor adventure today! You can also visit www.oregonhikers.org to find more information about this and some of the other trails in this region.

 

 

 

 

 

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