If you find yourself with a few free hours to kill in the Tualatin Valley, then the Tualatin River Greenway Trail is a lovely way to fill the time. The trail is many things at once: grounds for a relaxing walk, a historian of sorts, a front-row view of migratory birds in the region and—believe it or not—great shopping.
Run, Cycle or Stroll
An easy three-quarter-mile stretch is paved for the enjoyment of runners, cyclists and leisurely strollers— (little ones in strollers are welcome, too!). Even though it’s less than a mile long so far, there are still multiple access points, starting from the Tualatin Public Library at Barngrover Way. Whether it’s a planned run or an impromptu saunter, the Tualatin River Greenway Trail welcomes you.
Geological and Historical Wonders
While humans are the ones rambling down the path today, in the Ice Ages it was actually mastodons who were taking steps along this stretch of the Tualatin River. Reproduction mastodon footprints line the trail to help visitors get a sense of those who came before them. Additionally, interpretative panels along the way help tell the story of the Tualatin Valley’s past.
Connect with Nature
While on the Tualatin River Greenway Trail, it’s easy to see why this is a special place. The river—and the flora and fauna that line it—change with the seasons. In the spring, there is an undeniable lushness to the trail.
It’s hard to find a flourishing nature trail that is a stone’s throw from large shopping destinations, but the Tualatin River Greenway Trail is special like that. Of the access points along the trail, many come from the parallel Nyberg Rivers Shopping Center. If you’re on the trail because you love the great outdoors, then get nature gear at the local Cabela’s store. The outdoor store even has a café with a large option of meats, including wild boar, bison and elk.