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Galen McBee Airport Park

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.

375 SE Armory Way McMinnville, OR 97128

Columbia Children's Arboretum

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.

10040 NE 6th Ave Portland,OR 97211

Camille 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.

Access at West end of Marjorie or South end of 105th Beaverton, OR 97008

Butterfly Park Naturescape

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.

7720 SW Macadam Ave Portland, OR 97219

Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint

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.

Historic Columbia River Highway, 15 mi. E of Troutdale (take Exit 28 from I-84)


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