Portland February 09, 2018
The 9 Secret Parks Of Portland You’ve Never Heard Of But Need To Visit
Let’s be honest: there are no more secret parks in Portland. However, there are still many that are relatively unknown and off-the-beaten path, yet still full of magical wonder and fun. These are those parks that are definitely worth a look whether you have never been to them or you haven’t been in years.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Lovejoy Fountain Park
"Hidden" below street level, you may not even known this fountain park was there if no one told you. Situated at SW 3rd Avenue and Harrison Street, Lovejoy Fountain is perfect for an urban picnic or quiet oasis in the city.
2. Poet's Beach
This new beach may be small, but it makes up for it with views. Right on the bank of the Willamette, underneath the Marquam Bridge, the beach is accessible from the South Waterfront. If you didn't visit last summer when the beach officially opened, be sure to put it on your bucket list for the upcoming one.
3. Rocky Butte
In East Portland, Rocky Butte is a magical place to enjoy a sunrise or sunset. With amazing mountain views, this is one foolproof spot for a little quiet time or reflection.
4. Hogan Butte Nature Park
Like Rocky Butte, Hogan Butte in Gresham has a stunning range of mountain views.
5. Kelley Point Park
This park lies past the Port of Portland, and across the Willamette from Sauvie Island. Acquired by the city in 1984, the park has some lovely river views and is a great visit, especially if you are heading out with your dog.
6. Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
At 141 acres, its hard to miss this wildlife refuge near Sellwood - if you know where to look. The city's first wildlife refuge, Oaks Bottom is an important stop on the route of migratory birds, and a lovely sight to see as well.
7. Grant Park
One of the older parks in the city, Grant Park has been a mainstay in Portland since it joined the system in 1922. In 1995, the park got an update - The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden - honoring the Oregon writer who grew up in the adjacent neighborhood.
8. Leach Botanical Garden
In outer southeast Portland this gem is nestled at NE 122nd and Foster. With many gardens and trails to explore, you will feel miles away from it all at this magnificent garden.
9. Garden at Elk Rock
While not technically a park, the grounds of the Elk Rock Garden at Bishop's Close are spectacular. Once a private residence, the grounds have been open to the public since 1959, and are lovely for an afternoon stroll.
What’s your favorite “hidden” park or secret spot in Portland? Let us know in the comments below.