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Hoyt Arboretum, Portland

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Hoyt Arboretum is a public park in Portland, Oregon and is part of the complex of parks collectively known as Washington Park. The 189-acre (76 ha) arboretum is located atop a ridge in the Tualatin Mountains two miles (3 km) west of downtown Portland. Hoyt has 12 miles of hiking trails, two miles of accessibility paved trails, and is open free to the public all year. About 350,000 visitors per year visit the arboretum.
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  • We spent a day in Washington Park on our first visit to Portland. We expected to enjoy a walk around the arboretum, but were overwhelmed by the beauty and scope of the park. The arboretum is...  more »
  • Such a gorgeous place to hang out with family and friends and enjoy taking a hike in the woods. It was an absolutely beautiful day when we went and the forest was full of life. We loved the hike we...  more »
  • Fun place to go with lots of enjoying things to see, Its one of those places that is a one and done but it's still a good place to visit if you have time.  more »
  • This area of town is one of the most wonderful to visit in Portland. The air is filled with pine smell and the numerous trails around make this natural space exceptionally fun and peaceful. You can enjoy a picnic with your family while enjoying the great views, meditate by one of the enormous trees, or come to hike for a while—a great workout! It is just amazing how close you are to the city but at times as you walk around you can’t even notice it.
  • Beautiful tall trees. Good variety of trees and plants. We saw a bunny and squirrels the day we went. Nice spots to rest and take in the nature. It was quiet the day we went but might get crowded on weekends and school holidays.
  • A visit to the Hoyt Arboretum is like a breath of fresh air in the city. There is even a grove of Redwood Trees to visit. The magnolias were in bloom and so beautiful. You can pick up a trail map from the gift shop/nature center and then wander to your heart's content. The trails are well marked and go through a variety of plant habitats. Hoyt Arboretum is one of my favorite places in Portland to connect with nature.
  • Wonderful arboretum with a lot of different trails and markers detailing the different trees and plants in the area. There are plenty of signs so that you don’t get nervous about getting lost. There are benches and pavilions to relax and sit at. My boyfriend and I plan to go back and picnic in the pavilion or the wedding meadow. *we had planned on hiking up to Pittock Mansion but that specific trail is currently closed off due to construction(?)*
  • Wanted to warn families about the parking situation. You must pay for parking (which we did) and the app is unreliable (tried to add more time, but it wouldn't let us) and there is no mercy for overstaying (wrote a letter contesting ticket and Portland did not even acknowledge it, simply cashed their check, which was required to be sent with it.) They couldn't even bother to send a copy-paste letter. We ended up paying $10 for parking, plus the additional $44 ticket. All for staying 10 minutes late due to poor signage (for an out of state family to follow forcing us to walk further, and unable to repark due to assigned parking spots), and because THEIR APP failed. Sounds like a scam on families on a budget and out of state tourists to me!!! Ruined our experience, visit, and we have no desire to ever park anywhere in Portland ever again. You have been warned. It's best to not pay immediately, soak in that free time to make sure you are where you're supposed to be instead of paying when you arrive (like a responsible person). We did enjoy the walk, not worth the price tag. Even at the regular fee. Cheaper to enjoy a state park.

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