The park features two different trails: an upper walking/interpretive trail and a lower hiking trail to the falls (120' tall). The upper trail takes visitors around the precipice of the cliffs of the Gorge. Sign boards along the trail point out distinctive native wild plants that grow abundantly in this area such as camas, lupine, bead lilly, trillium and bleeding heart. The trail is fenced beautifully with logged beams and wire to protect visitors along the viewpoint while maximizing every vantage point of the magnificent view of the Gorge.
Hiking is definitely something you'll want to do while staying at Ainsworth State Park. By leaving the park on Nesmith Point trail, you'll end up with a splendid view of St. Peter's Dome, a majestic basalt monolith rising 2,000 feet above the mighty Columbia River.
Once a family-owned tree farm just south of Oregon City, this special place is now open and free to the public to learn about sustainable forestry practices.
Explore Lucia Falls Park on the east fork of Washington's Lewis River when the salmon return home to spawn.
The Pacific Northwest is considered a hot spot in the nation for green infrastructure implementation. Where we used to pave, pipe, and channel, we are now restoring natural functions. We are creating spaces and places that are healthier, safer, and more livable for people and wildlife. Take a self-guided tour of innovative stormwater management facilities in downtown Portland.
Talk a Recess out to the Tualatin Hills Nature Park to discover the wonders of this urban oasis along the Vine Maple Trail.
Tag along on a tour of green roofs and sustainable storm water management around Portland with this Recess on The Intertwine.
Every year, one of Portland’s most spectacular natural events begins: Thousands of Vaux’s swifts gather in the city and swirl into their migratory home in the chimney at Chapman Elementary.