May 7, 2019 | By Sylke Neal-Finnegan | 2 Comments

Recreation For All: Accessible Adventures

Here in Tualatin Valley, outdoor recreation is for all! Accessible trails and outfitters throughout the region ensure that people of all abilities can enjoy the calm and serene beauty of Tualatin Valley.

Hiking at Tualatin Hills Nature Park – Oregon's Tualatin ValleyPaved trail at Tualatin Hills Nature Park in Beaverton

Accessible Nature Trails

Wheelchair users can venture out on many trails throughout Tualatin Valley. With easy to navigate paved and compact gravel paths, these nature areas are ideal for all abilities.

Located just outside of Beaverton, Cooper Mountain Nature Park overlooks the Tualatin Valley. This park features accessible restrooms, playground with accessible features, and 3.5 miles of compact gravel trails that traverse through forests, prairies and oak woodlands. View park map (PDF) >>>

Rood Bridge Park, located in a rural area of Hillsboro, has 1.8 miles of trails–paved and soft-surface, which lead to developed and natural areas of the park, including the Lloyd Baron Rhododendron Garden. Rood Bridge Park also boasts the only accessible boat launch along the Tualatin River.  View park map (PDF) >>>

Situated in the heart of Beaverton, Tualatin Hills Nature Park features 1.5 miles of paved trails (and 3.5 miles of natural surface trails) through diverse habitats. Open year-round, this wildlife preserve is an ideal location to observe seasonal changes in nature. The park is accessible via the MAX light rail. View park map (PDF) >>>

The newest trail to be completed in the region is the Tualatin River Greenway Trail. This easy, paved trail is a 3/4 mile path that runs adjacent to the Tualatin River. The greenway trail allows nature lovers to stay in the present with the beauty around them while simultaneously learning about the Tualatin Valley’s prehistoric past via interpretive signage. View trail map (PDF) >>>

Inclusive Outfitters

Thanks to outfitters like Adventures Without Limits (AWL), which offers inclusive outdoor recreation to adventurers of all abilities. Equipped with fully outfitted adaptable gear, the great outdoors are no longer out of reach to people with physical limitations or disabilities.  Each month the Forest Grove-based organization offers expertly guided trips around the state, including several that are right here in Tualatin Valley.

In addition to outdoor adventure, Tualatin Valley also offers many other activities to round out your getaway, such as wine tasting, acclaimed restaurants and evening theater productions with accessible seating.

Comments

  • Sounds great. I can’t help wondering what state it’s in.
    Oregon, I think.
    Not everyone knowsv

  • Yes, Tualatin Valley is indeed in Oregon, located just minutes from Portland.

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