Six Trails to Trek This Season in Tualatin Valley
When you explore the trails of Tualatin Valley, it’s hard to believe that you’re only minutes away from Oregon’s largest city, Portland. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, pack your bags and explore these six trails to trek this season in Tualatin Valley.
Quilt Barn Trail of Tualatin Valley
The Quilt Barn Trail highlights Tualatin Valley’s agricultural and historical heritage and showcases public art pieces celebrating the art of quilting. The trail features 60 quilt panels, which have been installed at area farms and agriculture-related businesses. Each panel tells the story of the property owners and their unique relationship to quilting. As you drive through Tualatin Valley, from one quilt barn to the next, imagine each unique panel sewn together as one quilt, representing the rich and diverse heritage of the Tualatin Valley. Order a free Quilt Barn Trail map and brochure >>>
Vineyard & Valley Scenic Tour Route
The Vineyard & Valley Scenic Tour Route is a pleasant 60-mile drive, showcasing the region’s agricultural bounty. Starting in the quaint hamlet of Helvetia, the route twists and turns through Tualatin Valley’s picturesque farm country, past historic churches and cemeteries, farms and nurseries, pumpkin patches and tree farms, and vineyards and wineries. Highlights along the route include Smith Berry Barn, a u-pick farm and garden market, Midway Firehouse Pizza, a wine country pizza joint with fiery pies, and South Store Cafe, a quaint eatery close to wineries and farms.
Killin Wetlands Nature Park
Stroll along the walking trails at Killin Wetlands Nature Park, Tualatin Valley’s newest nature park, which opened in September 2018. The 25-acre nature park, a former dairy farm, is one of the region’s largest remaining peat soil wetlands, which supports plant and animal life. Killin Wetlands also is a recognized Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society of Portland, and provides some of the best bird watching opportunities in the region. In addition to it’s walking trails, Killin Wetlands Nature Park also is a stop along the Quilt Barn Trail – a “Doves in the Window” quilt block adorns a restored barn on the site.
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Tualatin Valley’s first national wildlife refuge opened a little over a decade ago, just outside of Sherwood. Situated on the floodplain of the Tualatin River, the refuge comprises less than one percent of the 712 square-foot watershed. Due to the diversity and richness of habitats, the Refuge supports some of the most abundant and varied wildlife in the watershed, and serves as a key stopover on the Pacific Flyway. A 3.1-mile nature trail is open year-round, is wheelchair friendly and has interpretive signage along the route.The Refuge is part of the United States’ National Wildlife Refuge System, a network of lands and waters set aside specifically for wildlife. Currently, a restoration project along the historic Chicken Creek will increase the diversity of animal and plant life and will add a half-mile walking trail to the refuge when completed.
Cycling, Horseback and Hiking Trail
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
In addition to being the very first rail-to-trail project in Oregon, the Banks-Vernonia State Trail also is one of the most popular multi-use trails. Open to cyclists, walkers and equestrians, the trail is an easy, 21-mile (one way; 42 miles out and back) paved, car-free linear trail with gentle elevation changes. Starting in the city of Banks and leading to the city of Vernonia, the trail is ideal for all abilities. The trail is along an old abandoned rail line and includes 13 bridges and exquisite views from the 733-foot long, 80-foot high Buxton trestle. The trail traverses through forests, agricultural lands and riparian areas.
Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour
This is like a trail in the sky — a series of zip lines that take adventurers through the trees from one platform to another. This 2.5-hour adventure gives zippers a bird’s-eye view of the Tualatin Valley. Open year-round, Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour offers eight family-friendly zip lines that will take you through a beautiful forest, across majestic suspension bridges and near breathtaking Brunswick Canyon. Soar past tall Douglas Firs, Western Red Cedars and experience the forest like never before.
Our hotels are close to Portland and have many urban amenities, but are only a fraction of the cost. Plus, parking is always free, and our hotels do not charge any amenity/resort fees!
Tualatin Valley's camping and RV options are just minutes from Portland, with easy access to the great outdoors, Oregon Coast, wineries and plenty of other choices for how to spend time off the trail.
Tualatin Valley is home to a wide range of world-class wineries (minus the bumper-to-bumper crowds), innovative craft breweries and distilleries, and a spectacular variety of cuisine ready to tempt all palates.
Much of Tualatin 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 recreational pursuits.
Whether you want to explore our wine tasting rooms, explore Tualatin Valley by car, bike, foot or kayak, or view the art and culture of the region, we have the tour routes and trails to help you accomplish your mission.
From award-winning professional, civic and regional theatre companies, to word-class museums and art galleries, we take the spotlight while nourishing the creative side of the destination.