Marine Drive Trail follows its namesake roadway along the south shore of the Columbia River. You'll often find you're just feet from the river and can enjoy lovely views of the water, boats and marinas along the way. The trail is wide, flat and paved, making it a good bet for commuters in a hurry, as well as an easy and leisurely ride for families. Pets are also welcome.
Although there are currently gaps in the trail, one day it will be an important part of the 40-Mile Loop that will encircle Portland and extend to other parts of Multnomah County.
Its western end begins in Kelley Point Park, where you'll find beaches, wooded areas, a historical site, picnic tables and restrooms.
You'll continue southeast to the Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, home to a diverse amount of wildlife, including more than 100 species of birds such as bald eagles, great-horned owls, red-tailed hawks and great egrets. The park offers scenic overlooks, walking paths and restrooms.
East of I-5, the trail provides access to Broughton Beach, a popular recreational area north of the Portland International Airport. From here, the trail continues its eastward journey to Interstate 205. Note that there is little shade on this section.
If you wish to cross the river and head north into Vancouver, or go south, you can hop on the 16-mile I-205 Multi-Use Path
. From other points along the pathway, you can also access the Columbia Slough Trail
, which offers connections to other scenic natural areas.
Parking can be found at Kelley Point Park (N. Marine Drive and Lombard Street), the Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area (5300 N. Marine Drive) and Broughton Beach (east of 33rd Avenue and Marine Drive).