Located only minutes from downtown Portland is Oregon's only state park within a major metropolitan area. Every day, visitors come to hike or stroll the nature trails through the verdant ravine between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard in southwest Portland. Cyclists of all ages bike along the paved trail on the park's eastern edge, stopping along the way to admire a trillium. Some people visit Tryon Creek just to sit in the Glenn L. Jackson shelter and listen to the chatter of the jays and squirrels. Others, especially people with mobility-related disabilities, come to enjoy the peaceful setting of the fully-accessible Trillium Trail. Tryon Creek is one of the only streams in the metro area with a run of steelhead trout. The Friends of Tryon Creek State Park operate a nature store, summer youth day camps, school tours, guided nature walks and special events. They can be reached at (503) 636-4398. There's so much to see and enjoy at the 645-acre park, one visit isn't enough!
High-traffic, well-maintained trail in dense, lush forest in the city of Portland. Lots of runners and families. Away from development and street noise, quiet and peaceful. Facilities include bathrooms and maps. Great loop for showing guests the native habitat.
Marcia J. on Tryon Creek State Park - Long Loop
Check out this trail during the annual Trillium Festival.
This is a great escape for short little walks in the forest. The greatest advantage of this park is that it is so close to the city. My dog loves to go and walk the numerous trails within the park. The farther from the nature center you get, the less people you will see. From past experience I would recommend looking at a map online and parking at one of the more southern parking areas rather than at the nature center. This would be a good walk/hike for those not looking to do a long or strenuous hike but rather to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.