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Parks and nature in Portland

Top parks

Park
“At 5,200 acres, Portland’s Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States. With more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes and forest roads, Forest Park stretches for more than seven miles along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains, overlooking Northwest Portland and the convergence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Forest Park offers an unparalleled opportunity for visitors to experience a true Northwest forest without leaving the Portland city limits.”
  • 510 locals recommend
Garden
“Many styles of gardens showcased in serene 5.5-acre space with waterfall, teahouse & mountain view.”
  • 375 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“A must visit spot for all lovers of roses and plants. Specially beautiful during Spring and Summer. ”
  • 254 locals recommend
Park
“Laurelhurst Park is a classic city park, with a little of something for everyone. Playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, and on the other side of a quiet road a wide park in the midst of tall trees with a duck pond and fountains. The walking paths are paved and suitable for those of all abilities, and the park has an off-leash area for dogs. There are numerous benches and picnic spots including a few barbecues, so it is easy to spend a whole day there enjoying the people and the park.”
  • 213 locals recommend
Garden
“This is undoubtedly one of Portland's treasures not to be missed. It occupies one city block downtown, a serene, tranquil place of utter beauty.”
  • 183 locals recommend
Playground
“This is a must see park - bring a picnic and hike up to the top for a great view of the city. Wander the paths, or walk up the street to get to the top. Some of the biggest trees in the city live here. ”
  • 203 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Want to ride smaller roller coasters and carnival rides? Feel like going roller skating at a historic roller rink? Walk down Springwater Corridor to Oaks Park and spend the afternoon playing! ”
  • 102 locals recommend
Park
“Go out the front door and head south past the Steel Bridge to enjoy jogging, walking, biking, skateboarding, fountain play, lunching, basketball, fireworks viewing, Segwaying, boat watching, sunrises and sunsets. Due to its recreational use, lunch hours are peak-use hours for the waterfront park. In addition to recreational use, the park is also highly used by bike and pedestrian commuters during rush hours because the park is easily accessible to the downtown Portland workforce and provides a pleasant, off street thoroughfare away from vehicular traffic. It is currently home to the Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, Gay/Lesbian Pride Festival and the Bite of Oregon.”
  • 100 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“Laurelhurst Park is a classic city park, with a little of something for everyone. Playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, and on the other side of a quiet road a wide park in the midst of tall trees with a duck pond and fountains. The walking paths are paved and suitable for those of all abilities, and the park has an off-leash area for dogs. There are numerous benches and picnic spots including a few barbecues, so it is easy to spend a whole day there enjoying the people and the park.”
  • 213 locals recommend
Playground
“This is a must see park - bring a picnic and hike up to the top for a great view of the city. Wander the paths, or walk up the street to get to the top. Some of the biggest trees in the city live here. ”
  • 203 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Want to ride smaller roller coasters and carnival rides? Feel like going roller skating at a historic roller rink? Walk down Springwater Corridor to Oaks Park and spend the afternoon playing! ”
  • 102 locals recommend
Playground
“The focal feature at Peninsula Park is The Rose Garden, a gorgeous display of Portland's official flower, which is meticulously maintained by Portland's Master Gardners and is frequently the site of professional photographer sittings and arts events. The entire park is a equally pleasant with large trees, wide curving walks, large open spaces, and a classic 1930's swimming pool cabana.”
  • 105 locals recommend
Park
“Ten blocks down Ainsworth, you'll hit a park full of heritage trees, a terrific playground space, covered basketball courts, tennis court, and may even see some live bike polo, among other things.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Playground
“This is great spot for a picnic, especially in the summer. Many Pedalpalopza rides either start or end here.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Park
“Many trees, nearby walking spot. Can you find the hornbeam on the hill? Check out the rare Chinese lacebark pine by the tennis court. A deluxe running track to the south of the park. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Park
“Tennis courts, basketball court, community gardens and green space. Plus, fun people watching. ”
  • 31 locals recommend

Beaches

Park
“The first thing you'll notice outside of the residence is the ornately postured, St. Johns Bridge. Under it, Cathedral Park, with bouncing hills of grass, summery sunshine or softly lit winter winds that dance through the seemingly endless pillars and walls of St. Johns Bridge. Steps downhill you'll be looking onto the Willamette River. This park is incredible for one of a kind photos, picnics and brisk strolls in the afternoon.”
  • 106 locals recommend
Park
“Down here you can get up close and personal with the river. There is a dog park down here so expect lots of happy pups running. Picnics are more reliable on the beach or at the upper park”
  • 29 locals recommend
Beach
“"Great place to walk, bike, take your dog, kayak, sit on the beach, picnic, etc."”
  • 28 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Surf shop and beer bar. Owner is super friendly, always a great tap list, and sometimes a comedy show. Friendly crowd”
  • 4 locals recommend
Beach
“Closest place to check out the Columbia River. Paddle boarding boating or walk along beach to see Blue Herons and more.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Trails

State / Provincial Park
“Just a few miles away and another world of trees and trails awaits. Peaceful watershed so close to the city.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Trail
“See the city from the beautiful waterfront areas of the Willamette River. Head East down burnside, and you will eventually get to the river and Waterfront park. Follow riverside walking paths and some of our easy-to-cross bridges, like Hawthorne, Burnside, Steel, and Tillikum bridges to get to the East side paths. You can walk varies routes as a loop, but wear good shoes, it can be a long walk from end to end.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Park
“Down here you can get up close and personal with the river. There is a dog park down here so expect lots of happy pups running. Picnics are more reliable on the beach or at the upper park”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“Well manicured large city park with nice paved walking paths and amenities including play structures, picnic tables, skate park, off-leash dog area, tennis courts & sports fields.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“Nestled into Forest Park, one of the biggest urban forest parks within city limits in the country. Learn about the local wildlife and then hike up to Pittock Mansion to enjoy a breathtaking view of downtown Portland and Mt.Hood. Explore many hikes through this beautiful forest.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“A few miles of gorgeous trails within, and it only takes a lovely and brief walk to get there. Ignore Google's directions, its only about 15 minutes to get to the Terwilliger trailhead.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Trail
“Feel the immense effect of nature without leaving the city. Portland's Forrest Park is the largest forrest within a city in the U.S. You can literally hike for 30+ miles.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Trail
“Located right around the block! As you exit house turn to left, walk to end of Lobelia, turn left on to SW 45th. at end, turn to end of Marigold. You'll see hiking entrance.”
  • 5 locals recommend
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