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Tryon Creek State Park, Portland

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 110 reviews on the web
The Tryon Creek State Natural Area is a state park located primarily in Portland, in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is the only Oregon state park within a major metropolitan area. The 645acre park lies between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard in southwest Portland in Multnomah County and northern Lake Oswego in Clackamas County and is bisected from north to south by Tryon Creek.ResourcesThe park includes hiking trails, a paved bicycle path, and horse trails. The 3mi bicycle path, which runs along Terwilliger Boulevard on the east edge of the park to Lake Oswego, is part of the Portland metropolitan area's system of greenway trails known as the 40 Mile Loop. Near the main entrance off Terwilliger, part of the parking lot is devoted to horse trailers. Riders can choose between the 2mi North Horse Loop and the 3mi West Horse Loop. Hikers can use the bike path, the horse trails, and 8mi of hiking trails. The paved 0.35mi Trillium Trail, a loop furnished with drinking fountains and interpretive signs, can accommodate wheelchairs.A park building called the Nature Center is near the main park entrance. It has a small play area for toddlers, a gift shop, a large classroom, and a separate area for educational exhibits. Nearby is the Glenn Jackson Shelter, a covered structure for outdoor events.
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  • For me to enjoy a hike, I have to feel as if I escape from the crowds and/or the roads with cars. This park has a "hemmed in" feeling to it that prevents me from really enjoying it. I sort of just fee...  read more »
  • in the past I have spent a lot of time in this park but it is not a park where you can go and let's say have a picnic or play some games or do anything like that about all you can do is walk around on...  read more »
  • Drove through this lovely area. Surprised to find it so close to downtown.No hiking due to disability, but enjoyed the turn offs with benches. 
  • This a gorgeous natural area in city limits. Used to be a logging area so is all new forest. Tons of history. The staff is super passionate about the park. Tons of wildlife. I've seen so many woodpeckers, deer, field mice. It's gorgeous!
  • There are some cool loops here that are decent lengths. It is usually crowded and parking can be a nightmare on weekends. Not too many flowers or colors other than green, but, is a nice hike and close to the city. Good for beginners as you can make your own loop and make it as short or long as you'd like. There are kids activities here from time to time, check the site.
  • Beautiful, great size, nice trails. Just be careful with your lets offleash near the community farm—you won't realize it's even there until your dog is harassing the poor goats! Signs say to keep out of water so bring your own for your fur friends.
  • One of my favorite local parks. Lots of hiking and running paths. Dogs are allowed. Only down side is that due to it's location it can get very crowded. Arrive early if you want a parking spot.
  • I first visited Tryon Creek with My Son 15+ years ago. I've visited many times since then. Now I visit with my pup. The park contains approximately 15 miles of biker, hiker and equestrian trails. Dogs are welcome on leash, and they have a kiosk for poop bags. There is a very well done nature center. It has very nice interpretive displays and a store. They also have an extensive events calendar. When I first began coming to Tryon the amount of invasive plant life was great. That is not the case anymore. The habitat restoration that has been done (and continues) is amazing. I only see a little bit of ivy on the more remote trails, and even that looks like it is slowly but surely getting addressed. One of my favorite things about Tryon is all the bridges. I love bridges on hiking paths. There are a fair number of people using the trails at Tryon. You can expect to share the trail with a diverse mix of people, and many dogs. They also have a really well done ADA trail that has two wonderful overlooks, and a lot of interpretive signage. Parking at Tryon is very limited, but you can park on Terwilliger. Also, once you've come a few times you learn where the neighborhood trails are that come into the park. Some of those trails have a small amount of parking at their trailheads.
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