Nature in the City

Nature in the City

Nature in the City Details

The Portland area is home to an unrivaled number of open spaces (37,000 acres/14,973 hectares to be exact). With 288 public parks and 166 miles (267 kilometers) of trails Portland offers visitors a breath of fresh air. Even in the heart of downtown, you’re sure to see more green than gray as you invariably stumble across grassy oases.


Start your day at the 1 AUDUBON SOCIETY OF PORTLAND, a 143-acre (57.9-hectare) wildlife nature sanctuary with 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometers) of maintained trails that take visitors through a mixed-conifer forest, streams, ponds and native vegetation, all within minutes of downtown Portland.

Next, visit nearby 2 HOYT ARBORETUM. This 187-acre (74.9-hectare) living museum of trees and plants from around the world — the largest collection of distinct plant species in the United States — is located just west of downtown Portland. A place of beauty and serenity in all seasons, the arboretum is easily accessible by car, bus or MAX light rail.

Venturing just southeast of downtown Portland, you’ll find 3 CRYSTAL SPRINGS RHODODENDRON GARDEN. This gem boasts an outstanding 7-acre (2.8-hectare) collection of rare species and hybrid rhododendrons, azaleas, deciduous and coniferous trees. Best of all, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are free.

The next point of interest is 4 TRYON CREEK STATE PARK. Here you can hike, ride a horse or bicycle while appreciating the urban park’s highlights, including a run of steelhead trout and iconic spring flowers known as trilliums.

The day ends at 5 HOPKINS DEMONSTRATION FOREST. Enjoy a sustainable forestry tour on the tree farm bus, making stops along the way for short walks to get a closer look at reforestation experiments, forest management demonstrations, watershed and wildfire protection and wildlife habitat enhancements.

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A Portland Japanese Garden
B Forest Park
C Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
D Leach Botanical Gardens
E Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
F Jackson Bottom Wetland Preserve

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