Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Oxbow Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
11 days ago

This is more like a difficult trail.

hiking
29 days ago

Very flat trail except the beginning part. Although it is the top of the hill, the view is completely blocked by the trees. Barely see the river below. The fun is on the ground. So many different mushrooms.

hiking
30 days ago

Fun, easy hike to a nice beach spot along the Sandy River, mostly uphill on the way back. Saw lots of different mushrooms, and at the river was blessed with a spotting of a bald eagle. Tracker showed 4miles total, a couple downed logs along the path. Found a few small agates and red jasper at the river. Want to come back when its warm out to enjoy the swimming! Only gave 4 stars as there are "no pets" signs and had to clean up someone's trash at the river.

hiking
1 month ago

Never would've found this trail without this app. nice hike there were some downed trees and also some signs saying no pets. lots of different types of mushrooms on this trail to be expected for mid-october.

horseback riding
1 month ago

The trail head for horses is not from the actual park side, but from above Alder Grove at the end of SE Homan Rd. Limited trailer parking, difficult for long rigs to turn around if there are more than a couple of trailers. The part of the trail leading down to Alder Grove is very steep with tight switchbacks and can be slippery after rain. In several places the trail is just a few feet away from a steep cliff. Horses should have experience doing turns on their haunches and negotiating some stair steps in steep terrain. The actual Alder Grove trail is flat and easy.

hiking
2 months ago

It’s really pretty, but it’s hard to find this hike. They have tons of them over there! So I went down like 2 before I settled with one that I felt comfortable taking my toddler on. Not sure if it was the correct one. Also you have to pay to get in and also I asked the girl at the entrance if there are obvious signs for hikes and she said most definitely. I didn’t see one.

hiking
2 months ago

This was mostly an old gravel road.

hiking
2 months ago

the way back is definitely challenging but such a lovely hike to a lovely beach. there were nude sunbathers when i went as well, if that sort of thing bothers you.

Awesome hike for the day! Ended up seeing Osprey and Bald Eagles at the river. Unfortunately, I was a bystander and not an upstander when some college aged students left some trash and I didn’t say anything. So, if you go in the next few days and want to be a superstar bring a trash bag and feel really good about yourself for being awesome by hauling those empty cans and such out. Beautiful trees and nice cardio on the way back-have fun

hiking
bugs
rocky
2 months ago

This use to be a nice place but lately it has been populated by unapologetic nudists. I had my children with me and they could have cared less. I spoke to a few others and they experienced the same thing.

hiking
bugs
over grown
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great workout for a beginner. The way up is a lot more work than the way down. Plan on taking a swim in the beautiful water once you get down to the river. Lots of scenery and fairly quiet besides some roaming helicopters.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice park with River front stuff to do, beaches, and trails to hike, most of which are either in the forest, or along the water (some on bluffs above the river). Popular, with lots of people, and parking areas throughout.

hiking
3 months ago

Okay hike, very busy with lots of noise.

hiking
3 months ago

this was a great trail! really pretty landscapes to explore. the river was a huge surprise, even after seeing the pictures on here, it was gorgeous! the hike back up was much more challenging than I had expected, but I'm just getting back into hiking. we'll definitely be back

hiking
3 months ago

Drove all the way here from Portland to find out that there are no dogs allowed :( Had to go somewhere else.

hiking
4 months ago

nice, easy walk through a moderately secluded patch of land right outside of Portland. many of the trails on this Sandy River bend are pretty well forested, which can make easy to forget you’re so close to a metropolitan area. the Metro park also features many group picnic areas, a playground, campgrounds and a public boat launch so it can get busy on sunny weekends.

hiking
muddy
over grown
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Thought we found a great trail running gem but this was completely overgrown and unable to go any farther after 1.5 miles

hiking
5 months ago

Dog heaven! I take my pup here every summer and he loves it. We went yesterday and there were as many dogs as people. What I love about this beach is that the 4 mile, moderately difficult hike keeps a lot of the Walmart people away, so it’s nothing like oxbow park. The flow in this stretch of the sandy is very gentle and perfect for beginner swimmers and dogs. There’s also a rope swing across the river! Overall, my favorite swimming hole in the Portland area

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail! Mostly downhill on the way to the sandy river, which is shady & forested. Muddy in some areas, but opened up into a sunny valley when almost to the river. The end of the trail by the river has a great, sandy beach. It would be great for kids, but the steepness of the trail on the way back would only allow for heartier kids.

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely a short pretty hike in the woods with some views of the river along the way. Enjoyed the little bits of incline to get those muscles working. Lots of birds and foliage to appreciate along the way.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful forest park. Saw deer on our path. I gotta admit, it was a bit sketchy. Felt like I was in a movie & a BigFoot was gonna pop out, but all in all, it was beautiful.

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