Best Family Hikes in Portland


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There is nothing more wonderful than getting out in the fresh air and enjoying some time with your family.

One of the best things about living in Portland has to be the amazing parks that are scattered throughout the area.

So, if you need some inspiration then we have put together some of the best parks in Portland. The only hard bit is deciding which one that you want to go to!

Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area

If you don’t mind heading out on a drive to the North Portland area then you will be treated to the beautiful and secluded Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural area. These lakes are not only packed full of amazing wildlife, but as they are hidden amongst the warehouses, they give a real sense of being hidden away from the world around you. Not to mention being that little bit creepy too!

The South Park Blocks

Although a collection of Downtown parks, we have decided to pop them all into one. What we really love about the extra long park that it creates is the amazing things that you can see here. In fact, you never quite know what to expect when you talk a walk Downtown, and these parks prove that!

Overlook Park

If you are a fan of an interesting view then Overlook Park may just be up your street. Overlooking a giant train yard, this is a lovely park that is ideal for families. Not only does it have a pretty impressive tree to climb, but it also boasts a variety of sports facilities too.

Laurelhurst Park

We love a good urban park, and Laurelhurst Park is one of the best. It has everything you could ever want for a day in the city (but that feels in the country) a duck pond, a place to let your dog run free and paved walking trails. It really is a slice of heaven in the hustle and bustle of city life.

Washington Park

If you are a tourist coming into the Portland area, then the chances are that you will head to Washington Park. It is the home to a large chunk of the attractions in Southwest Portland including the Hoyt Arboretum, Oregon Zoo, The Japanese Gardens and the Children’s Museum. This means that it is a busy park always has plenty of visitors.

Mt Tabor Park

This particular park is the usual location for Concerts in the Park and gives amazing views of the Hawthorne Boulevard all from a volcano cone. This particular park boasts an assortment of gorgeous reservoirs and even hosts the Adult Soap Box Derby, which is as fun as it sounds!

Forest Park

No countdown of the parks in Portland would be complete without the Forest Park. Known as the largest urban park in the US, it offers around 30 miles of hiking trails all just 10 minutes away from the very heart of the downtown area. There are some really interesting walks throughout Forest Park, and whilst some being slightly dark and creepy in their nature. We have only great things to say about this park!



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Last modified: February 22, 2017

One Response to " Best Family Hikes in Portland "

  1. Deana says:

    You can take Max right to the Zoo and start your hike from there. Don’t forget a sweatshirt as the trees provide so much shade it can get very chilly. Wonderful short hikes for kids of all ages!

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