When restrictions are lifted, businesses reopen and it is safe to get out of the house this summer, explore Tualatin Valley and check out this list for fun and socially distant outdoor activities.
1. Explore the Banks-Vernonia State Trail
This 21-mile one-way paved trail makes for the perfect daytime outing for bicyclists, walkers, joggers and horseback riders. Start in the city of Banks and cruise along the lush forest trail over the historical Buxton Trestle. This trail is perfect for families as the ride can be extended or cut short as needed. If you are feeling adventurous, bike the full 42 miles out-and-back and enjoy lunch in the city of Vernonia.
2. Fish, Swim and Hike at Henry Hagg Lake
Located near the city of Gaston, Hagg Lake and Scoggins Valley Park offer visitors numerous picnic areas to enjoy, two boat launching docks, and a fully stocked lake for fishing. Open to motorized and non-motorized boats, as well as swimmers this lake is accessible year-round from dawn to dusk. With more than 14 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails around the lake, this spot offers a lot to see and explore.
3. Drive the Scenic Vineyard and Valley Tour Route
Discover nature, agriculture, history, and wine all in one 60-mile drive through Oregon’s picturesque countryside. You can complete this drive in one day or break it up over a few days staying overnight in one of Tualatin Valley’s various accommodations including hotels, farm stays, or boutique hotels. Along the way, you can visit u-pick farms, winery tasting rooms, alpaca farms, and a variety of unique restaurants.
4. Kayak the Tualatin River
The Tualatin River takes paddlers along a peaceful river, running from the Willamette River through the Tualatin Valley. Along the river, there are various park access points to launch your own kayak or rent equipment from local providers during the summer. The navigable 40 miles of the Tualatin River offers many points of interest, such as cafes, diners, and parks with restrooms and parking.
5. Visit a Local Brewery
Enjoy a locally made craft brew on one of Tualatin Valley’s brewery patios or purchase a growler to-go and sip on with your next meal at home. With over 25 breweries in Tualatin Valley serving a wide range of hoppy, sour and dark beers, as well as cider and sake, you are sure to find a new favorite.
6. Shop at a Farmers Market
Whether you opt to visit a drive-thru or socially distant Farmer’s Market in Tualatin Valley, you can score amazing local goods and produce. Vendors sell popular items like honey, flowers, wine, soap, and baked goods just to name a few. Farmer’s markets make for the perfect opportunity to try something new.
7. Walk Main Street in Tualatin Valley’s Downtowns
From coffee shops to bakeries and vintage boutiques to art galleries, there are a wide variety of local businesses to check out in Tualatin Valley’s downtowns. Tigard, Beaverton, Forest Grove, and Hillsboro offer charming downtown streets full of local products that make perfect gifts for you or a loved one back home.
8. Watch a movie at Cornelius Drive-In Cinema
Opened in 2016, the Cornelius Drive-In Cinema is a great summertime activity. The cinema allows visitors the opportunity to watch your favorite movie outdoors while remaining socially distant in your own car. Order popcorn, burgers, and more to-go and enjoy the movie!
How many of these have you completed while visiting Tualatin Valley? Make sure to add these to your list to explore next time you’re staying in the Tualatin Valley.