Portland July 17, 2017
The 9 Most Incredible Natural Attractions In Portland That Everyone Should Visit
Mt. Hood and the Gorge are incredible, but there’s no need to travel when we have so much great nature right in the city. If you are looking for something to do in Portland in the great outdoors, head to one of these beautiful spots around town to enjoy the natural environs close to home.
1. Mt Tabor
If you haven't been to the
in our city, now is the time to head on over. There are plenty of great trails, grassy meadows and quiet spots to enjoy nature at this eastside location.
2. Leach Botanical Gardens
For a picturesque walk on beautifully manicured trails,
Leach Botanical Garden
is a great place to visit. Located in SE Portland, this garden is quiet and shady, making it a great respite on a hot day.
3. Sauvie Island
To the north of the city lies the wonderful natural paradise of
Pick fruit, walk on the scenic trails, and enjoy the sweeping views of the mountains at this unique island.
4. Elk Rock Island
In the heart of the city is the ancient
Elk Rock Island,
formed from a volcanic eruption over 40 million years ago. Accessible only by a land bridge when the water is low, this is one natural area that won't be crowded.
5. Forest Park
is Portland's backyard. Explore the many trails for miles and you will feel like you are in another world entirely.
6. Tryon Creek State Park
Our only state park in the city,
is a natural force. Enjoy the miles of trails and wildlife at this forested park in SW.
7. Blue Lake
An East Portland treasure,
is a family fun destination. Featuring a lake for swimming and fishing, as well as a disc golf course and sports fields, this is one natural area that the whole family can enjoy together.
8. Crystal Springs Rhododendren Garden
The amazing flowers at
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
are reason enough to visit this little paradise in the city. The healthy duck population makes it fun for all ages and many quiet spots for reflection will keep you coming back.
9. Reed Canyon
is another quiet oasis in the city. Located on the Reed College campus, this 28-acre watershed and wildlife refuge is perfect for an afternoon in nature.
Did we miss your favorite natural destination in the city? Let us know in the comments below.