This park has great Trillium beds in the spring, a flowing creek year-round, a forested one-mile and 1/2 mile trail loop with bridge crossings, and several micro-environments that are worth exploring. Picnic tables, drinking fountains and a "mushroom house" add flavor to this park. Because it is adjacent to the McMinnville Municipal Airport, park visitors can catch a glimpse of local airplanes taking off and landing on nearby runways. Portable restroom at trailhead. Dogs must remain leashed.
An abundance of wildlife can be found in Forest Park — the largest urban park in the country. Forest Park's extensive system of trails, fire lanes and roads provide excellent opportunities for hiking, walking, running, and simply escaping the urban atmosphere.
Elk Rock Island is a part of an ancient volcano that erupted about 40 million years ago and can only be accessed via a land bridge when the river is low enough.
This manicured, highly managed garden nearly surrounded by Crystal Springs Lake has an outstanding collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, and other lesser-known ericaceous plants as well as many companion plants and unusual trees.
Overlooking the Tualatin River Valley, the 230-acre Cooper Mountain Nature Park offers visitors 3½ miles of trails that traverse the park and pass through each of its distinct habitats - from conifer forest to prairie to oak woodlands.
On the banks of the Tualatin River, the 79-acre Cook Park is the largest park in the City and has something for everyone.
The park has always been an undiscovered gem, tucked away among the other open spaces, pockets of housing, and the industrial uses that are scattered in the lowlands next to the Columbia River. After a burst of activity in the 1970s and 80s, use of the site decreased though it continued to be the place where area residents visited as a place of quiet and respite. With increasing development in the area, the arboretum was bought to be preserved as a park.
Camille Park is a 12-acre wooded park in southeast Beaverton, just east of Hwy. 217. The majority of the trees are mature Oregon white oaks that shade a beautiful camas meadow and a small stream. A boardwalk and nature play area — completed in spring 2012 — provides a great way for kids and adults to enjoy the nature in this quiet neighborhood park.
This small area of undeveloped Willamette River shoreline with natural surface paths, along the Willamette Greenway, is a good example of the natural environment of the river. The park is deciduous woodland planted for butterflies and insects; it was named 'butterfly' for its importance as a habitat for butterflies. Vegetation includes native grasses, wildflowers, and dogwood. Butterfly species include mourning cloaks and orange sulphurs. The park is frequented by various birds including cedar waxwings, killdeer, orioles, and chickadees.
Beautiful Bridal Veil Falls is an elegant and graceful lady that can be fully appreciated from the deck of a viewing platform rebuilt in 1996. The creek hustles down from the top of nearby Larch Mountain, tumbles over the cliff and eventually flows into the mighty Columbia River. No visit to the Columbia Gorge should be considered complete without a tour of the area of Bridal Veil and a visit to Bridal Veil Falls State Park. The park offers a nice parking area, picnic tables and restrooms all within easy walking distance from the parking area.