Stevens Meadows is an open area with a half mile path that circles the site. This area is also accessed from the small parking area off of Atherton Road. The trails of both sites have moderate elevation gains.
A paved path connecting to the Waterhouse Trail.
Springbrook Park offers great hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities and can be accessed by many small neighborhood entrances. Located across Country Club Road from Lake Oswego High School, the park contains nearly 2 miles of relatively flat trails. Springbrook Creek flows through the park, then the Lake Grove neighborhood before heading to Iron Mountain Park and Oswego Lake. The park is among Lake Oswego's oldest and largest natural areas and is a vital part of the Uplands neighborhood.
Steamboat Landing Park provides pedestrian access to several points of interest. Visitors can stroll a floating boardwalk on the Columbia River that leads to an elevated observation deck with vast views of the River, Mt. Hood and Oregon. A peaceful wooded trail provides an alternate short cut to the deck. Visitors can also access the US Corps of Engineers levee trail (used by walkers, bicycles and horses), leading to Captain William Clark Park at Cotton Wood Beach, and the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge trail (no dogs or bicycles allowed on the Refuge trail).
Walking, biking, or driving along the south shore of Vancouver Lake makes for a peaceful day of bird watching. Birding is best from early fall through late spring when the wintering species congregate here. Some of the better spots should be avoided during hunting season but this activity also causes the birds to move in mass to the no hunting areas where they can easily be viewed. Vancouver Lake can be reached from the I-5 Freeway by taking Exit 1-D to 4th Plain Blvd. and traveling west. This road leads directly to the lake and the starting point.
Spring Park serves as a neighborhood natural area, a retreat along the Wilamette River and a gateway to Elk Rock Island, which is part of an ancient volcano that erupted about 40 million years ago. The park includes a walking trail, picnic facilities and a playground. Stop by to take a stroll or relax in the shade before heading out to historic Elk Rock Island in the nearby Willamette River.
The park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, a fully stocked lake for fishing, and more than 15 miles of hiking and or biking trails.
Thousands of visitors along the Historic Columbia River Highway visit this beautiful spot, with its roaring waterfall cascading down steep cliffs into Youngs Creek and out to the Columbia River far below.
Stella Olsen has a children's playground, a shelter and a pavilion. There is a multi-used path through the wetlands area, providing a connection from West Villa Road to the park. Used by wildlife, as well as humans, it provides a restful, wooded setting for all activities. This park is home to Music on the Green and Movies in the Park during the summer months.
Sellwood Riverfront Park is at the southern edge of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and provides access to the Springwater Trail. The park provides water access for swimming (but no beach) and fishing, a boat dock and canoe launch, a dog off-leash area, natural surface and paved paths, and picnic tables.