Tualatin Valley beckons travelers with a wealth of enriching experiences. From exploring scenic nature reserves and savoring exquisite wines at local vineyards to indulging in farm-to-table dining and cultural discoveries, Tualatin Valley offers a diverse array of activities for every visitor to enjoy.
Public Coast Farm, owned by Public Coast Brewing, is a culinary farm nestled at the base of the Oregon Coast Range in the city of Banks. The farm features 10 acres of blueberries, fruit orchards, beehives and hops.
During the summer months, the farm operates a farmstand with ready-picked produce grown on site. The stand is open to the public seasonally, Thursday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In July, spend a day in Tualatin Valley’s countryside with a hands-on lavender experience. Take a 1/4-mile walk through a hazelnut orchard and learn about the hazelnut cycle. You will also learn how to harvest lavender, cut your own lavender, make a lavender display and enjoy a quick demonstration of how lavender oil is distilled. Cost is $30 per person. Reserve your spot online.
Banks Sunset Park is a 25-acre park featuring four baseball fields, children’s play equipment, picnic areas and Schlegel Hall which can be rented for various events. Sunset Speedway Park is located in the west end of the park and holds stock car races every Saturday from April to September. Banks Sunset Park is home to the annual Banks BBQ, which includes truck and tractor pulls and the combine demolition derby.
Please note: Pets are not allowed at Banks Sunset Park.
The Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Oregon’s first rails-to-trails park, is a 21-mile (one way), multi-use, car-free trail. Amenities and attractions along the route include trailhead parking areas, trestle/bridge crossings and day use areas. The trail may be accessed at any of six points, including trailheads at Manning, Buxton, Tophill and Beaver Creek, as well as the cities of Banks and Vernonia.
The Banks-Vernonia State Trail started as a railway and has been handed back over to nature. The trail allows walkers, joggers, cyclists and horseback riders the chance to view Oregon history while delighting in the forest’s renewed splendor. The trail permits only non-motorized use, at a safe slow speed.
Killin Wetlands Nature Park offers over 370 acres of lush habitat for flora and fauna alike. The park is a vibrant location for bird watching with one of the highest densities of the American Bittern in all of Oregon. From the observation deck, you may also see Greater Yellowlegs, Mallards, and Double-Crested Cormorants. The nature park also boasts easy walking trails for a tranquil nature outing.
Hours: Open daily, dawn to dusk.
Wildlife: American Bittern, Greater Yellowlegs, Mallards, Double-Crested Cormorants, Elk, Beaver, Bald Eagle, Roosevelt elk
Pet Policy: For the protection of wildlife and habitat, dogs, horses and other pets are prohibited.
Did You Know…
The Killin Wetlands is one of the last examples in the region of a habitat that once covered more than 10,000 acres in the valley?
The beautiful artwork by the Westside Quilters Guild called “Doves in the Window” is a part of the Quilt Barn Trail?
Schmidlin Farms offers u-cut Douglas, Noble, and Grand Firs, as well as Nordmann holiday trees. Services include saws, cutting and carrying assistance, and tree baling. On the weekends, look forward to enjoying tractor pulls and hay rides.
Opens Thanksgiving weekend, daily 9 a.m. to dusk through December.