Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Near Portland, Oregon, United States

Imagine stepping into a lush forest where woodpeckers forage, squirrels leap from limb to limb, owlets wait quietly for their next meal, and wildflowers paint the understory as the seasons change. Discover it all at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, your oasis in the city. Here you can explore 658 acres of second-growth forests, walk along the meandering Tryon Creek, and connect with the flora and fauna that call this special place home

Located about 15 minutes from downtown Portland, Tryon Creek is Oregon's only state park within a major metropolitan area. What will you explore today?

Hiking Trails

The park features 8 miles of hiking trails, 8 bridges and a boardwalk over a wetland. Bring along our Tryon Creek Checklist of Vascular Plants and see what you can identify!

The .3 mile barrier-free Trillium Trail is designed for people of all abilities. It has paved pathways, resting benches and viewing decks. Trail features are identified along the way. 

Park trails are maintained for year-round hiking. Hiking trails in the park can be muddy during wet weather.

Horse Trails

The park boasts 3.5 miles of packed gravel trails for equestrians. Trails travel along ridgeline, then down to the creek and back. From the equestrian parking area, the North Horse Loop is 2.1 miles and the West Horse Loop is 3.1 miles.

Bicycle Path

The 3-mile paved bicycle path parallels Terwilliger Boulevard on the east edge of the park, from Boones Ferry Road to State Street (Oregon Highway 43) in Lake Oswego. It is part of the Portland metropolitan area bikeway system 40-mile loop.

Programming and More

Tryon Creek hosts educational programs and guided hikes throughout the year. Contact the park to schedule a school field trip.

Visitors can obtain park information, purchase gifts and enjoy interpretive exhibits and programs at the Nature Center and nearby Glenn Jackson Shelter. The park hosts educational programs and guided hikes throughout the hear. Check the event calendar for a schedule.

 
 
The park is supported by a partnership with the Friends of Tryon Creek
 

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Effective Jul 30, 2020
The Terry Riley Bridge near 4th Ave Trail and along Lewis and Clark Trail will be closed until further notice, due to safety concerns. Please use another designated trail.
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Amenities & Features

Questions

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What are park hours?

Park Hours

January - 7AM to 5 PM

February - 7 AM to 6 PM

March  - 7 AM to 7 PM

April  - 7AM to 8 PM

May - 7 AM to 9 PM

June - 7 AM to 9 PM

July - 7 AM to 9 PM

August 7 AM to 9 PM

September 7 AM to 8 PM

October 7 AM to 7 PM

November 7 AM to 5 PM

December 7 AM to 5 PM

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

Land for the park was acquired between 1971 and 1988 by gifts from Multnomah County, Friends of Tryon Creek, Annette T. Kraft and John and Julie Des Camp, as well as by purchase from private owners. The park was obtained to provide a natural area typical of the Willamette Valley ecosystem within the Portland metropolitan area which would be available for public study and education. Tryon Creek is named for Dr. Socrates Hotchkiss Tryon, an Oregon settler of 1850, who settled a claim near Oswego on which the park land is located.

Brochures and Maps

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Photos & Video

Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.