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Top Six Adventures in Portland’s Backyard


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Top Six Adventures in Portland’s Backyard

Come explore Oregon’s Tualatin Valley. Located, just outside of Portland, you’ll find hiking, kayaking and the connection to nature you crave. We’ve collected the top six adventures you can have right here in Portland’s backyard.

1.  Cycling
Tualatin Valley boasts many miles of bike paths, allowing for an exciting and invigorating day, weekend or week of discovery. From urban trails connecting cities to rural paths in the forest, road cycling to gravel pathways, there is no shortage of places to take the road less traveled.

2.  Nature Walks
When it comes to “soft adventure,” Tualatin Valley is king. Miles and miles of pathways–accessible to all–help to connect visitors to protected nature. These nature walks showcase the valley in all its beauty, and are all part of Tualatin Valley’s vast array of open spaces, wildlife corridors and lowlands that showcase the region’s diverse ecosystem.

3.  Hiking
Tualatin Valley’s verdant forests and hilly landscapes provide plenty of open spaces for hikes to suit adventurers of all abilities. Hike Tualatin Valley, from low-impact walks to mountain hikes of moderate difficulty. These numerous trails provide peaceful escapes, magnificent views and opportunities to view wildlife. Grab the camera, don your hiking boots and explore.

4.  Paddling and Other Water Sports
Tualatin Valley is rich in outdoor recreation, and water sports–especially kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing–are popular pastimes throughout Oregon. Two key waterways, the Tualatin River and Hagg Lake, provide myriad water recreation opportunities.

5.  Zip Lining and Other High-Flying Adventures
Zip from tree to tree and over canyons, or get a bird’s-eye view of Tualatin Valley from a smooth glider or exhilarating helicopter. From tree-top fun to exhilarating indoor skydiving, these adventures are sure to get your adrenaline pumping!

6. Camping
Whether your version of camping includes s’mores around the campfire, or a terrific Pinot and a comfy chair, when it comes to sleeping under the night sky we’ve got you covered. Hike-in, tent, cabin and RV camping are just a stone’s throw from Portland at Tualatin Valley’s campgrounds and RV parks.

Plan Your Tualatin Valley Adventure

The vastness of Tualatin Valley offers innumerable options for outdoor recreation. Much of the valley’s 727 square miles are devoted to pristine nature parks, verdant forests, tranquil waters and open fields that are perfect for outdoor recreational pursuits.

Whether you are planning to explore the tasting rooms of the northern Willamette Valley, or want to take the road less traveled and see the Tualatin Valley by car, bike, foot or kayak, we have the tour routes and trails to help you accomplish your mission.

We have the tools to help you plan your own adventure. Order complimentary maps and visitor guide and start planning your Tualatin Valley adventure.

Tualatin Valley in Oregon