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Washington Park
#1 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Beautiful park, includes test rose gardens, Japanese garden, performing outdoor theater, fabulous zoo, holicost memorial, hiking trails, children's playground and just a great place to walk.
Washington Park is what I think the green oasis of Portland and you can go running, having a picnic, or visit the many attractions within the park: Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Zoo, Holocaust Memorial, Archery Ra...
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Willamette Valley
#2 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
So much to see from world-class vineyards to small towns, antiques stores, orchards, garden shops, amazing state and city parks and breathtaking views.
Full of great towns, great nature and great people.
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Forest Park
#3 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Start at the Lower Macleay Park trailhead and walk up to the Witch's House, and if you're up for a long walk, hike all the way up to Pittock Mansion for stunning panoramic views of the skyline and mountains in the...
Forest Park includes a number of different trails and routes so if you like hiking, you'll definitely find the perfect route for you - some trails are flatter and others steeper, however all are well-signposted so...
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International Rose Test Garden
#4 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
The Portland Rose Gardens in Washington Park overlooks Portland from downtown bustling city streets and rapid transit weaving between sky scrapers to Mt Scott, Mt Tabor, Powell Butte and farther east to snow cappe...
... views of the city, and the blooming roses are a visual and olfactory treat throughout the summer, with local history and adjoining attractions of the Japanese Gardens, Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum and Forest Park.
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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
#5 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
The garden is beautifully manicured with hundreds of rhododendron plants of all kinds, with a stream and pond dividing up the land into quiet little pockets of nature.
Beautiful park especially when the rhodies are blooming... lots of waterfoul usually -watch your step- great place for a romantic picnic.
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Hoyt Arboretum
#6 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
The one thing I loved about Portland was the amount of lush greenery everywhere and the epitome of Portland’s available nature is definitely the Hoyt Arboretum.
I stopped in to the visitor centre to get advice on what trails to take, and they were able to give me a colour-coded map and advice on what trail route to plot which suited the time I wished to spend in the park.
Peninsula Park and Rose Gardens
#7 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
The roses were stunningly gorgeous, in a beautiful park with big shade trees in some areas, charming brick stairways, a large gazebo and a lovely fountain.
A beautiful place to see and feel the beauty of nature, and gaze upon rows of roses extend up and down around a lovely magical fountain.
The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother
#8 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Highly recommend for any spiritual or meditative person or someone who just wants to see some great nature and views.
If you just have a few minutes, park the car and stop to see The Grotto itself - an altar carved from a huge granite wall with sculptures set back in the niche.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
#9 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
We did the self-guided tour on our last day in Portland, and I'm so glad we took the time to go! It's a peaceful garden tour, full of beauty and nature, and offering a leisurely time-out from the hectic city pace.
The occasional tai chi class is reminiscent of larger gardens and parks in China where seniors spend their mornings exercising.
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Tryon Creek State Natural Area
#10 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
If you are head out to the coast,consider stopping at Fort Stevens State Park that has weekly bird tours, daily kayak tours, junior ranger sessions in the summer, bike rentals, clamming, beaching, hiking... Connec...
This small State Park is in the hills on the SW edge of the city (near Lewis and Clark College) and has extensive trails, a Nature Center, some Old Growth timber(believe it or not!) and is accessible by bike path...
Laurelhurst Park
#11 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Wonderful park for walking, dogs, kids, picnic yoga you name it Portland has it all and you can see it and do it in the park, summer concerts and loads of weekday fun
Historic Laurelhurst Park has paths over rolling hills (ideal for picnics or spreading a blanket for a nap), a pond to feed the ducks, and huge trees.
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Portland Japanese Garden
#12 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Stunning setting on a hillside in Washington Park, this garden has all you could hope for: lovely tea room set among the trees, zen gardens, koi ponds, waterfalls, stone temples scattered throughout, breathtaking...
The guide that you'll meet is very knowledgeable and approachable with questions, but you may also want to walk around alone at your own pace just enjoying the nature on display.
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Mount Tabor Park
#13 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Big, diverse, full of big trees and great views, the park also features off leash dog area, tennis courts, strolling paths, children's area, concert space, and much more.
Tennis courts, basketball courts, water features, movie at the park, Outstanding views of the Portland Metro area.
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Oregon Zoo
#14 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Shadow place on a hot sunny day - amazing elephant Park and house Amazing park and lovely paths to walk through
The PNW area is immersive and breathtaking: you feel like you've stepped into the forest and are on a guided nature hike.
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Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
#15 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
The wildlife refuge is very large and there are several sections: the Westside (with duck hunting blinds), Oak Island (for fishing and a nature trail), the Northside (hiking), and the Eastside, where there are bea...
Mostly farms and nature preserves on the island... it is really beautiful.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
#16 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
My son and I enjoyed a leisurely ride through the park and other areas along the bike/walk path, stopping at the Saturday Marketplace for a delicious snack...too many sights to list...much enjoyed the drawbridge c...
Lovely, well-maintained park is perfect for a stroll or bike ride.
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Wahclella Falls
#17 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
If you're up for a moderate hike and want to be rewarded with a true hidden gem in nature, go to Wahclella.
Especially if you're a nature person!
Ira Keller Fountain Park
#18 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Beautiful water park surrounded by heavy foliage in downtown Portland....
We happened to see the Ira Keller Fountain Park and stopped.
Council Crest Park
#19 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
A couple more switchbacks and I was at Council Crest Park which is very beautiful with manicured lawns, benches, flowers, trees, a famous statue of a woman with child, and a place where you can view all the mounta...
The park has great views of the Cascade Range: Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Jefferson, and Mt Rainier.
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Cathedral Park
#20 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Cathedral Park is a great area to relax, sit and read, watch the boats go by, have a romantic picnic, and or take lots and lots of photos.
Cathedral Park, named for the soaring gothic supports and towers of St Joseph bridge, during my recent visit the fall colors were is their full glory, offering a beautiful frame to appreciate the overhead St Josep...
Elk Rock Garden
#21 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
We could not help but photograph what Mother Nature had to offer.
Mill Ends Park
#22 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Years later and many traffic pattern re-routes, the rose bush returned to primal ooze and now flowers and a bush make up the smallest city park in the world.
What you see is what you get, a tiny park, about the size of a coffee table, but what a hoot, and what a great photo op! Check it off your bucket list.
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Powell Butte Nature Park
#23 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Portland has the most amazing, diverse, well-tended selection of public parks of any city I've been to.
Beautiful park with many well marked trails.
Milo McIver State Park
#24 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Peaceful, clean, best of Oregon State Parks
Beautiful park trails!
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
#25 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
My hot tip is: do not let Uber drop you off at the southeast end of the trail where the amusement park is.
Portland 4T Trail
#26 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
From there we were quickly immersed in nature on a nicely maintained trail that mostly climbed uphill.
If you go off the trail at the park and just head towards OHSU you can do it in 3.2 miles but some of hte urban walking is on very narrow shoulders of the road.
Sellwood Riverfront Park
#27 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
This park has a great parking lot for visiting the park or taking a walk/ride on the paved trail which will take you all the way into downtown.
We walk our labrador in this park in the summer months and he finishes off with a plunge amongst many dogs.
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Audubon Society of Portland
#28 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
And the Nature Store shop is a cozy spot where you can browse and buy.
Stopping here was a bonus on our way to visit Forest Park, just 10 min outside of downtown Portland.
Wildwood Trail
#29 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
My husband and I hiked from the trailhead at the south end of McClelly Park/Trail and did the 4-ish miles to Pittock Mansion and back.
Limited free parking and pay parking are the only negatives of this treasure for nature lovers.
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Director Park
#30 of 132 Nature & Parks in Portland
Whether you are a local or a visitor, Director Park is the place to go to recharge and rejuvenate and enjoy the the buzz of downtown Portland life.
There are also fun events like "Summer Music" at the Park or a giant chess set for games with a crowd.
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