One of the top perks of living in Portland is that you are a day trip or less away from some of the most visually stunning sights of nature on the planet. The best part is that you get a little bit of everything: giant boulders, luscious greenery, barren deserts, and majestic bodies of water. Here’s a list of some of the best state parks to visit in and near Portland, Oregon.

There are so many inexplicably beautiful state parks to visit near Portland. What do you think are the best state parks in Portland and the surrounding area?

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State parks to visit near Portland

How many state parks are there in Oregon?

Here in the Beaver State, we simply adore our state parks. The Oregon State Parks are extraordinary, period. The Oregon State Park system is one of the most popular in the country, attracting over 51 million visitors each year to its 254 superlative parks! How many have you visited?

What are the best state parks to visit in Oregon?

While we happen to think that *all* of Oregon’s state parks are worthy of a visit; each and every one of them offers its own unique geography, geological features, climates (temperate rainforests in Oregon? You bet!), and experiences, there are a few must-visit state parks for your bucket list. Silver Falls State Park, Deschutes River State Recreation Area, Fort Stevens State Park, Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, Valley of the Rogue River State Park, and Wallowa Lake State Park are some of our favorites... but truly, each and every one of Oregon's 250+ state parks is phenomenal!