Take the Road Less Traveled
Hiking, Biking, Riding, Paddling and Walking Your Way Through The Tualatin Valley
The vastness of the Tualatin Valley, especially when venturing beyond the urban cities, offers innumerable options for outdoor recreation. Many of the valley’s 727 square miles are devoted to pristine, rural wetlands, nature parks, wildlife refuges, verdant forests, tranquil waters and open fields, perfect spots for hiking and cycling, paddle trips, fishing, birding and wildlife watching and other outdoor pursuits.
The Tualatin Valley boasts many miles of bike paths, allowing for an exciting and invigorating day, weekend or week of discovery. From urban trails connecting cities, to rural paths in the forest, there is no shortage of places to take the road less traveled.
With a little planning and the desire to pedal, your Tualatin Valley bike adventure can also be smooth, scenic and enjoyable. For road biking along paths and streets, outstanding options include the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway, which includes the 21-mile, car-free Banks-Vernonia State Trail. Also popular with cyclists is the loop around Henry Hagg Lake and through Scoggins Valley Park.
If it’s dirt paths you enjoy, there’s prime mountain biking here. At the Gales Creek Camp area, the singletrack offers seven miles of technical riding. L.L. Stub Stewart State Park has trails that expand in all directions through forested area, and many trails are for bikes only, including the freeride trail skills park.
Hike the Forests of Tualatin Valley
The Tualatin Valley’s verdant forests and hilly landscapes provide plenty of open spaces for hikes to suit adventurers of all abilities. From low-impact walks to mountain hikes of moderate difficulty, numerous trails provide peaceful escapes, magnificent views and opportunities to view wildlife.
For a moderate hike, venture along the forested paths of the Tillamook State Forest, L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, each featuring rolling hills and majestic views. For a lower-impact hike, head out on the car-free Banks-Vernonia State Trail. This linear trail is set along an abandoned railway and has slight elevation changes, and it is accessible to all abilities and levels.
For those who just want to take a leisurely stroll, the Tualatin Valley features several nature parks and wildlife preserves, complete with low-impact walking trails. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve are great locations for birders and wildlife watchers, while the newly renovated Fernhill Wetlands offers walking paths and a tranquil water garden.
Paddle Down the Tualatin River
The Tualatin River provides cool and calming recreational opportunities–especially in the summertime. Best of all, no advance planning is necessary for a boat trip, as rentals are available on a drop-in, first-come, first-serve basis at two different locations in the Tualatin Valley.
During summer months the Tualatin Riverkeepers rent canoes and kayaks at Tigard’s Cook Park boat launch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September. Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe’s Tualatin rental location at Brown’s Ferry Park rents canoes and single and tandem recreational kayaks. Traveling with your own boat? You can launch from either park year-round.
If you’re looking for more guidance along the waterway, Tualatin Riverkeepers also offer paddling events throughout the year.
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Pedal-happy visitors can spend a full-day on the 50-mile bikeway, uncovering it all while also getting a stellar workout.
From low-impact walks to mountain hikes of moderate difficulty, numerous trails provide peaceful escapes, magnificent views and opportunities to view wildlife.
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The Tualatin Valley is rich in outdoor recreation, and water sports–especially kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing–are popular pastimes throughout Oregon.