Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Portland

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The Tryon Creek State Natural Area is a state park located primarily in Portland, in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is the only Oregon state park within a major metropolitan area. The 645acre park lies between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard in southwest Portland in Multnomah County and northern Lake Oswego in Clackamas County and is bisected from north to south by Tryon Creek.
The park includes hiking trails, a paved bicycle path, and horse trails. The 3mi bicycle path, which runs along Terwilliger Boulevard on the east edge of the park to Lake Oswego, is part of the Portland metropolitan area's system of greenway trails known as the 40 Mile Loop. Near the main entrance off Terwilliger, part of the parking lot is devoted to horse trailers. Riders can choose between the 2mi North Horse Loop and the 3mi West Horse Loop. Hikers can use the bike path, the horse trails, and 8mi of hiking trails. The paved 0.35mi Trillium Trail, a loop furnished with drinking fountains and interpretive signs, can accommodate wheelchairs. Trillium Trail has benches and two viewing decks.
A park building called the Nature Center is near the main park entrance. It has a small play area for toddlers, a gift shop, a large classroom, and a separate area for educational exhibits. Nearby is the Glenn Jackson Shelter, a covered structure for outdoor events.
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  • A place to exercise and visit with those in the area. I could feel a lot of natural energy in the sense that pristine nature literally preserved.
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  • Clean and maintained trails leading to breathtaking views. Not too many people this early in the year.  more »
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  • I love all the green spaces we have in the Portland area, but have to say that Tryon Creek has always been my favorite. While I really love Forest Park, there are a few differences where Tryon really stands out. At Tryon, there is a sense of silence that is pervasive, more of a peaceful feeling than at Forest Park. What's more, they seem to attract different kinds of people, and here's how I've experienced that. At Forest Park, if I say hello to a fellow hiker, I'm more likely to be ignored or receive a dirty look. At Tryon Creek, people there seem overall to be in a better mood, and are friendlier as a result. They respond more positively. I'm not completely sure the reason for this difference, it's just something I've noticed over the years. They're both beautiful places to hike, but Tryon seems to have an atmosphere that relaxes people's spirits a bit more.
  • A favorite with the locals, Tryon Creek is a very large (650 acres) and easily accessible natural forest with many miles of hiking paths. The visitor center is worth a stop. In wet weather the trails are very slippery so choose appropriate footwear and on nice weekends the place is packed making parking difficult. But definitely worth a visit. Recommended

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