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.
Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery and Flora Wonder Arboretum
Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery grows trees and scrubs for wholesale but besides selling plants, the nursery contains the world-renowned Flora Wonder Arboretum. The collection started in 1980 when Talon Buchholz bought the property and the first six Japanese maples. Buchholz travels to learn and collect plants and some of the best nurseries in the world get plants from the Fora Wonder Arboretum.
After teasing their opening for almost a year, and after more than a decade of planning and restoration work, the Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is (finally) open! This new national refuge, located near the city of Gaston, protects and restores the habitat of this region, which was once and important area for the Kalapuya tribe, who harvested wapato (also called “Indian potato”) from the shallow lake and used it as trade with other tribes. The refuge has several miles of trails and is home to myriad species of mammals, reptiles, fish and birds.
Please call before heading out to ensure that the trails are open.
Tree to Tree is a playground in the trees featuring aerial ropes courses, zip lines and tree top obstacles. Experience the thrills of moving from platform to platform (tree to tree) via wobbly bridges, tightropes, zip lines and more. The adventure park also features a zip-line tour, bungee jump and tree climb. A corporate course is available for group and team-building events.
Tree to Tree is located a short distance from Portland on beautiful Hagg Lake and is a unique place to experience family fun, corporate challenges, team building and events. The park also has picnic areas and nature trails; guided educational tours are available.
Open every day at 10 a.m., March through November. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing or calling the park.
Scoggins Valley Park and Henry Hagg Lake offer a wide variety of recreational activities. The park features numerous picnic areas, two boat ramps, a fully-stocked lake for fishing, more than 13 miles of hiking and biking trails and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching. The park also has an 18-hole disc golf course.
Hagg Lake is a popular spot for water activities, such as swimming, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing and motorboating. Fishing opportunities abound offering various types of fish to catch, including rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill and more.
Overnight camping is not permitted at Scoggins Valley Park or Henry Hagg Lake.
Hours: Open daily, year-round, dawn to dusk
Daily Parking Fee: There is no charge to visit the park. To park a vehicle, a parking pass is required:
$7 daily pass ($5 for seniors and veterans)
$60 annual pass ($40 for seniors and veterans)
Regular priced parking passes are available at the park entrance fee booth and at C-Ramp (cash and card)
Discount parking passes can be purchased at the Park Office, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm (cash and card), or at Lake Stop Store 8015 SW Old Highway 47, Gaston, OR 97119 (card only).
ADA Accessible: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Pet Policy: Pets are allowed
Flora: Oregon Iris, Trillium, Lillies, Lupine, Orchids, White Douglas Fir, Red Cedar, Grand Fir, Oregon White Oak, Red Alder, Willow, Cottonwood, Vine Maple
Wildlife: Black-Tailed Deer, Elk, Coyotes, Bobcats, Osprey, Bald Eagles, Hawks, Beavers, Otters, and songbirds and waterfowl
Did You Know…
Hagg Lake is home to the second largest concentration of Kincaid’s Lupine and Fender Blue Butterfly in the Willamette Valley?
Quail Run Hollow is located in the beautiful foothills of the Oregon coastal range near Gaston. The farm is a small, sustainable, family-owned operation sitting on 20 acres of land that varies from forest to pasture. The farm raises Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats.
Dauntless’ second location is at Old 47 Estate in Gaston. Founded by three Iraq war combat veterans, Dauntless Wine Cø. has a mission to make great wine and serve the Veteran community through charitable contributions.
Sain Scoggins Disc Golf Course lies on the western shore of Scoggins Valley Park and Henry Hagg Lake and offers a challenging 18-hole course to challenge any player’s throwing skills. The course is 6,582 ft in length, which is mostly flat and heavily wooded, and provides a variety of terrain with some difficult long holes included.
The beautiful and small City of Gaston is nestled between the cities of Forest Grove and Yamhill. The city has one city park (Brown Park) with picnic tables, a playground, a baseball/softball diamond. The park is available to rent. The city is close to several vineyards, including Beacon Hill Winery, which features a two-story cabin that is very like a mix of a coastal cottage and the iconic fire lookout cabins that dot the landscape in the Pacific Northwest.
City offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.