• Banks-Vernonia State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 21 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Banks-Vernonia State Trail stretches through the hills (east of the Coast Mountains) between its two namesake towns. The former railroad corridor—once part of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway—hauled timber from mills in Vernonia and Keasey to Portland beginning in the 1920s until 1957. For five years during the 1960s, the line was used for passenger excursions. Oregon Parks and Recreation gained official ownership of the right-of-way in 1990.

    Thirteen bridges, as well as two 700-foot-long, 80-foot-high railroad trestles at Buxton and Horseshoe, offer amazing views. The gentle grade (in all but one area) provides beautiful scenes of the Coast Range from forested hills, as well as access to side trails displaying railroad relics and to a number of rivers and creeks. A variety of flora and fauna also populates the trail.

    Most of the route consists of an 8-foot-wide hiking and bicycling trail paralleled by a 4-foot-wide horse trail. The trail rises from Banks to Vernonia on an average 2% to 5% grade. One exception is the Horseshoe Trestle bypass, which switchbacks up 700 feet and descends 300 feet at Tophill.

    Equestrians will find ADA-accessible loading platforms and hitching posts at several trailheads. Please use caution cycling on any speedy downhill shots. Yield to horses, and be visible or audible when approaching.

    From Banks, enjoy a gentle 5-mile incline—good for families—through pastoral farmland. The grade steepens a bit on mostly wide and sweeping switchbacks as you approach the Buxton trailhead in a canopy of trees. The Horseshoe Trestle was half-destroyed by fire, but bikers and hikers can cross the curving 700 feet of the restored Buxton Trestle at about mile 6. A ground-level equestrian bypass crosses Mendenhall Creek.

    The route continues to the Buxton trailhead, where you can picnic and wander interpretive trails. You'll then pass through L. L. Stub Stewart State Park, a 1,7

  • Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 13.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is an innovative road-to-trail conversion constructed on portions of the Historic Columbia River Highway. The trail is considered to be from milepoint 14.22 at the Sandy River Bridge near Troutdale to milepoint 88 near The Dalles.

    The original 75-mile vehicular route was the first major paved highway in the Pacific Northwest and the first scenic highway constructed in the United States. Following the path of the Lewis and Clark and Oregon Trails, the highway was carefully carved out of the steep cliffs of the south bank of the Columbia River between 1913 and 1922.

    The road connected travelers with magnificent overlooks offering views of the Columbia River Gorge and five waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls (the most visited natural site in Oregon). It also connected Portland to the settlements of Cascade Locks, Hood River, Mosier, and The Dalles. During construction of Interstate 84 in the 1950s, this engineering marvel was segmented and partially destroyed, leaving only small scenic loops at both ends.

    Today, the Oregon Department of Transportation is working to restore and resurrect the demolished segments as a multiuse recreational trail, enabling bikers and hikers to experience the old highway's dramatic vistas and restored historic bridges, tunnels, guardrails and beautifully arched rock masonry walls.

    There are currently three sections of the trail open exclusively for bike/pedestrian use, totaling just over 13 miles:

    • The eastern most section of the bike/pedestrian-use-only route stretches between the cities of Mosier and Hood River and is approximately 5 miles. This section runs through a forest of fir and pine trees, as well as two restored tunnels.

    • Between Hood River and Cascade Locks is a 2-mile section between Starvation Creek State Park (renowned for its waterfall) and Viento State Park, where camping is available.

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  • Cazadero Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 4.4 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    Cazadero Trail is currently completed in two disconnected segments that total just over 4 miles in the southeastern outskirts of Portland. In the future, the rail-trail is planned to stretch farther southeast, running through Eagle Creek and ending at Estacada.

    The first segment begins in the community of Boring, only a short distance from the Springwater Corridor, an inductee in the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. From there, the Cazadero Trail follows the former Oregon Water Power and Railway Company corridor for 2.8 miles along the wooded North Fork Deep Creek to Barton.

    About a half mile farther south, another completed portion of the trail picks up at Bakers Ferry Road in Barton and runs 1.6 miles to end near Goose Creek, paralleling highway 224.

  • Gresham Fairview Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 3.29 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Gresham–Fairview Trail is a north–south corridor that will one day link Portland's 40-Mile Loop Trail (Marine Drive section) with the Springwater Trail's section through Gresham. As of spring 2012 the trail runs for a little more than 3 miles between the Springwater Trail and NE Halsey Street in Gresham. Plans are underway to finish the remaining 2 miles north to Marine Drive in Portland.

    The Gresham–Fairview Trail will also provide access to nature areas along Johnson Creek, Fairview Creek, Columbia Slough and the Columbia River.

  • Fanno Creek Greenway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 10.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    When complete, the Fanno Creek Greenway will be a 15-mile paved network of fully accessible urban trails, linking two counties and five cities: Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Durham, and southwest Portland. As of autumn 2011, about half of the trail system is finished.

    The trail courses along Fanno Creek and will eventually run between the Willamette River in the southwest section of Portland to Fanno Creek's confluence at the Tualatin River. Traversing wetlands, forests, parks and neighborhoods, the trail corridor is home to much wildlife. In addition, many parks and recreation venues provide diversions along the way.

  • Riverfront Trail (OR)

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Salem's Riverfront Trail begins in Riverfront Park on the east bank of the Willamette River. The park offers expansive views of the river and contains two unique features: a carousel with beautiful hand-carved horses and a public art piece called the Eco Earth Globe. The trail stretches about a mile, but you can add another mile to your journey by connecting to the Edgewater Trail on the northern end of the park.

    Riverfront Trail heads over Union Street Railroad Bridge, a steel and timber trestle completed by Southern Pacific Railway in 1913. In 2004, the city of Salem bought the bridge from Union Pacific Railroad (later owners) for $1. It's now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    On the west side of the bridge is Wallace Marine Park, stretching more than 100 acres with opportunities to picnic and access the water by boat. The park also houses Star Complex, where many state, regional, and national sporting events are held.

    Future plans call for a connection to another park, Minto-Brown Island Park, on the other side of the Willamette Slough. Construction on a pedestrian bridge linking the two parks will begin in 2015.

  • Springwater Corridor

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 21.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Springwater Corridor comprises the southeast segment of the 40-Mile Loop regional trail system encircling the greater Portland area. The origins of the Loop come from a 1904 proposal by visionary landscape architects, the Olmsted brothers, who—during the planning process for Portland's Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition—put forth a plan for a 40-mile system of parks and greenways connected by boulevards.

    Today, the family–friendly Springwater Corridor follows the banks of the Willamette River from downtown Portland to Johnson Creek and then parallels Johnson Creek through neighborhoods, industrial districts, park refuges, and wetlands—eventually ending in the town of Boring. Portland's light rail and city buses enhance options and ease of travel along the route's length.

    The history of the trail stretches back to the early 1900s, when a rail line was built to bring people, produce, and timber from areas south and east of Portland into the growing metropolis. Known variously as the Portland Traction Company Line, the Cazadero Line, or the Bellrose Line, the railroad finally adopted the name Springwater Division Line, though neither the railroad nor the trail that bears the town's name ever reached this small community. In 1990, Portland bought the railroad corridor, which had ceased its passenger service in 1958 and its freight and timber hauling in the 1980s. The multiuse trail opened in 1996.

    For a recreational tour, start at the Johnson Creek Boulevard trailhead; it provides ease of parking and avoids the on-road section between Ninth and 19th Avenues. Sellwood Riverfront Park is an alternate start point and worth a visit if you don't mind this bit of road section. The downtown start at SE Fourth Avenue and SE Ivon Street is another option. To avoid an industrial section from mile 8, which is not well traveled during the week or at night, choose the trailhead east of the

    Whistle Punk Interpretive Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    ,a href="http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/recreation/trails/locations/mta-0059-whistle-punk.shtml">US Forest Service:


    This trail is a barrier-free interpretive trail that tells the story of forest management from a historical perspective. Signs and a brochure guide visitors along the trail, which runs along an old railroad grade (dating back to 1913) and past features associated with railroad logging by the Wind River Logging Company. The trail also goes past a wetland area and into an old-growth forest. The final leg of the trail takes visitors through an old Wind River Nursery field. Enjoy the lush scenery, waterfalls, wildflowers and spectacular views encountered on the trails within the Gorge and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest featured here..
    A NW Forest Pass is Required.

  • PROJECT: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail Extension

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 32.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    From Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail Corridor Study:


    The Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail (RWT) is envisioned as a 33-mile multi-use trail within the railroad right-of-way where possible. In some areas the trail alignment will use existing trails, roadways or alignments outside of the right-of-way to meet width or terrain needs.

    Construction started in May 2011 for the initial 1-mile segment that runs from the entrance road inside Battle Ground Lake State Park southwest along the railroad tracks to Washington State Department of Natural Resources land. That portion of the trail is now open for public use.

  • Trolley Trail (OR)

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Trolley Trail follows the Portland Traction Company's Oregon City Line streetcar right-of-way, serving Portland’s metro area, that ran between Milwaukie and Gladstone from 1893 until 1968.

    Currently, 6 miles of the trail are complete. The trail is part of a planned 20-mile loop that will connect Portland, Milwaukie, Gladstone, Oregon City, and Gresham—linking schools, parks, commercial districts, and historical sites along the way. Metro and the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD) purchased the right-of-way in December 2001. Developed in 2012, the trail completes a missing link in Metro's regional trail system. It presently reaches bike lanes in Milwaukie and Gladstone and will eventually link to both the Springwater Corridor and the I-205 Multi-Use Path.

    Milwaukie Riverfront Park on the Willamette River provides a great starting point. Summer Sundays bring the farmers' market just across the street. As you make your way along the trail, wide corridors of trees and grass buffer you from city streets; you may encounter a host of wildlife, including opossums, beavers, great blue herons, green herons, and Western screech-owls.

    On either side of the length of the trail, you'll find historic homes claiming many styles of architecture, including Arts & Crafts, Craftsman, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and more. Just past Courtney Road to your left, the Elizabeth Heitkamper House, completed in 1888, is the largest and most prominent example of Queen Anne–Vernacular style in north Clackamas County.

    The trail passes through the playgrounds and nature areas of Stringfield Park, eventually ending at East Jersey Street in Gladstone. After this point, you'll find intermittent bike lanes and sidewalks.

    In the next couple of years, the trail will extend 1

  • Marine Drive Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 17.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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.
  • I-205 Multi-Use Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 18.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The I-205 Multi-Use Path spans 18.5 miles through five cities and 15 neighborhoods along Interstate 205 and the TriMet MAX Green Line light rail service. In addition, it joins with the 21.5-mile Springwater Corridor, making it an important commuting connection in the greater Portland area.

    Extending from the northern edge of the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington, to Gladstone, Oregon, the trail and its amenities—including public art, topiary, wayfinding signage, and, in 2011, 5,000 new trees and shrubs—attract thousands of cyclists and pedestrians each day. The state of Oregon first constructed the trail in the 1980s to improve biking and walking connections between neighborhoods, as well as between commercial and public destinations. The Oregon Department of Transportation reopened the entire route in 2011 after closing sections of it to implement a number of enhancements to make it more commuter friendly, such as the installation of new overhead lighting.

    Bike routes and bike lanes connect several trail gaps. At I-205 and State Route 224/Milwaukee Expressway (also SE 82nd Drive), the trail transitions to bike lanes on SE 82nd Drive. You can regain the main trail at SR 212/224. The path ends at the Gladstone interchange, which is just north of Oregon City and High Rocks State Park. The route continues on road to Oregon City via Agnes and Main Streets. Be aware that the tunnel does not have bike lanes.

    The trail starts from the north at 23rd Street in Vancouver and runs south to cross the I-205 Bridge. It passes over Government Island, which—reachable only by boat—is known for its great blue heron colony and its state recreation area's primitive camping and beaches. The interior of the island is off-limits to the public.

    As you continue south, you'll pass Marine Drive, the Sandy Boulevard trailhead, the Gateway Transit Center, and P

  • Columbia Slough Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 4.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Columbia Slough Trail follows its namesake waterway on the northern end of Portland. Although there are currently gaps in the trail, it will one day follow the entire length of the narrow 19-mile stream. When completed, the trail will be an important component of the 40-Mile Loop, a greenway that will encircle the city and extend to other parts of Multnomah County.

    Although there are some industrial views along the way, the trail connects city dwellers to many natural areas. The pathway begins in Kelley Point Park, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Here, you can find a nice shady spot to picnic or watch ships traveling through the port. Further east is Delta Park, which abounds with recreational amenities, including football, soccer, and softball fields, a volleyball court, a playground, picnic tables and an off-leash area for dogs.

    To continue your adventure, you can hop on the trail's northern neighbor, the Marine Drive Trail, which follows the Columbia River, or connect to the Peninsula Crossing Trail, which heads southwest.
  • PROJECT: Sullivan's Gulch Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 4.3 miles
    Surface:

    Sullivan's Gulch is a project trail still in the early stages of development. Envisioned is a 4.3 to 5 mile long east-west corridor, connecting Portland to its outlying neighborhoods. The plans currently call for a rail-with-trail that will follow alongside local MAX light rail tracks, I-84 and an active freight line, from I-285 to the Willamette River. Running uninterrupted, this path could easily serve as direct access to downtown Portland as well as access to many rapid mass transit options.

    Currently, a series of feasibility studies are being conducted to better assess the master plan and the funding necessary for its completion. It is expected that the studies will take roughly a year. According to initial projections for the Sullivan Gulch trail, construction is expected to begin in 2015.
  • Burnt Bridge Creek Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 7.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The scenic Burnt Bridge Creek Trail meanders through Vancouver, Washington, along the creek from Stewart Glen on the shores of Vancouver Lake to Meadowbrook Marsh. Along the way, the trail passes through forests, grasslands and city neighborhoods, as well as Leverich Park and Arnold Park. Travelers should take note that the trail veers onto sidewalks in a few well-marked places.

  • Lacamas Heritage Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Lacamas Heritage Trail parallels Lacamas Creek and the western shore of Lacamas Lake under a canopy of old growth forest. Along this scenic gravel pathway, trail-goers can catch glimpses of the abundant wildlife in the area and enjoy views of the lake, waterfalls and interesting rock formations.
  • Columbia River Dike Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Columbia River Dike Trail—also known as the Captain William Clark Park Trail and the Cottonwood Beach Trail—follows the Columbia River from Steamboat Landing Park to the border of the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Along the way, trail-goers will enjoy views of the river and Mt. Hood.

    The trail parallels Cottonwood Beach and is named for Lewis and Clark, who camped there in 1806. Walkers may enjoy taking a partial loop back on the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Trail in the adjacent wildlife area.

  • Peninsula Crossing Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 5.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    As its name implies, the Peninsula Crossing Trail cuts through a peninsula between the Willamette and Columbia Rivers in northern Portland. The tree-lined trail traverses urban neighborhoods and features public artwork. Its southern tip approaches the Willamette Cove, a natural habitat on the banks of the Willamette River.

    From its northern end, you can continue your journey on the Columbia Slough Trail, which offers access to scenic natural areas along its namesake stream. To do so, you'll need to take a short off-trail route: take a right (go east) at Columbia Boulevard, taking the sidewalk on the right-hand side; cross the street at the Portsmouth Avenue traffic light and continue 1 block to Columbia Court. After 1 block north on Columbia Court, you'll take a right to get back on the pathway and reach the Columbia Slough Trail.
  • Rock Creek Trail (OR)

    State: OR
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Boardwalk

    The Rock Creek Trail provides an important commuting route and natural escape in one of Oregon's largest cities: Hillsboro, located in the "Silicon Forest," a high-tech corridor on Portland's western side. The trail runs through a scenic greenway offering beautiful views of the creek, towering evergreens, meadows and wetlands. Orchard Park is a good place to start your journey; the park offers parking, restrooms and picnic areas. You'll then travel north across paved and boardwalk sections to the trail's end in Rock Creek Park.

    Future plans call for extending the trail south another six miles to Rood Bridge Park, which offers access to the Tualatin River.
  • PROJECT: Salmonberry Corridor Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 86 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    The Salmonberry Corridor Rail-Trail is a promising project under development that will span 86 miles from the outskirts of Portland to the Pacific Ocean. The trail is named for one of its most scenic sections, which runs along the Salmonberry River through a pristine wilderness.

    For its entirety, the trail follows the century-old Pacific Railway and Navigation Company rail bed, which—due to its steep grades and sharp curves—gained the moniker, “Punk, Rotten and Nasty.” Relicts of its railroad heritage include 13 railroad tunnels and dozens of trestles, including the Big Baldwin Bridge, which offers a stunning view.

    The east end of the trail will begin in the pastoral community of Banks at the foothills of the Coast Range. Here, it will connect to the popular 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Oregon’s first rail-trail.

    The western half of the trail, from Enright to Tillamook, will parallel an active line, the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, in a scenario known as rail-with-trail. The organization offers tourist excursions down the coast using vintage locomotives and an all-volunteer crew.

    The trail will end on the south side of Tillamook at the Port of Tillamook Bay’s Industrial Park, which includes an air museum that once served as a blimp hanger and, today, showcases World War II aircraft.

    The trail is intended to be used by bicyclists, walkers, and equestrians and is expected to be mostly gravel with some paved sections through city centers. A master plan for the rail-trail is anticipated to be completed by November 2014.

  • Logging Road Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Logging Road Trail runs along the eastern outskirts of Canby, about 20 miles south of Portland. The road was once used by logging trucks, but is now closed to vehicular traffic.

    Views along the paved trail's southern end are a mix of residential and commercial properties, as well as rural landscapes. Here, the trail sits adjacent to Baker Prairie Middle School (with Trost Elementary School also nearby), offering a nice route for students to use.

    The northern end runs between a golf course and the densely forested Eco City Park, becoming quite scenic as it approaches the Willamette River.

  • Cowlitz River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Cowlitz River Trail follows its namesake river along a dike on the east bank. The trail is asphalt and connects Kelso residents with the riverfront. The trail parallels the active BNSF line that carries Amtrak and much of the north-south freight in the Pacific Northwest. Access is limited to the trail because of grade separated crossings, but you can access at the endpoints or at Mill Street. The trail may be extended north in the future.

  • Coweeman River Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Coweeman River Trail follows the dike on the west side of the river for 4 miles, giving access to the riverfront and Tam O'Shanter Park. The setting on the northern section is residential, and the trail crosses under Interstate 5 several times before entering an industrial park on the southern end. The trail also passes near Three Rivers Mall, which can be accessed from Manasco Drive or Grade Street.
  • Brookwood Parkway Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Brookwood Parkway Trail, in a northwestern suburb of Portland, skirts the Hillsboro airport and provides access to the Hillsboro Public Library and the sprawling campuses of a few large corporations. Although the paved trail parallels its namesake roadway for the entire length of its nearly 2-mile journey, it's not without some scenic views of rural landscapes and woodlands.
  • Frenchman's Bar Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 3.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Frenchman's Bar Trail could not be in a prettier place nestled between the Columbia River and Vancouver Lake on the northwestern outskirts of Vancouver. The paved trail of nearly 4 miles loops around the southern half of Shillapoo Wildlife Recreation Area and offers views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainer. Stop and enjoy the scenery at the picnic areas in Frenchman's Bar Regional Park on the trail's west end or Vancouver Lake Regional Park on its eastern side.
  • Highway 26 Bike Path

    State: OR
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Highway 26 Bike Path is a paved commuter route in west Portland that parallels its namesake roadway (also known as Sunset Highway). A small segment is located in a busy shopping area of the Tanasbourne neighborhood.

    Further southeast, a pair of trail segments in the Sylvan-Highlands neighborhood are separated by a short on-road connection. Two public schools, East and West Sylvan Middle Schools, lie adjacent to the route. From the trail's eastern terminus, bicyclists can make an easy transition onto the marked bike lane along Canyon Court to continue east to nearby attractions, such as the Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, and Washington Park.
  • Highway 500 Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved Highway 500 Trail runs just shy of a mile between Andresen Road and Thurston Way on Vancouver's west side through a busy stretch of car dealerships, shops and restaurants.
  • I-84 Bike Path

    State: OR
    Length: 4.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The I-84 Bike Path begins at the I-84 intersection with Fairview Parkway and continues west along the interstate for nearly 5 miles. A fence and concrete barrier separate trail-goers from traffic. Although not scenic, the bike path offers an important commuter route connecting commercial and residential areas in northeast Portland and Gresham.
  • Lombard Street Path

    State: OR
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Lombard Street Path stretches nearly 2 miles through an industrial area of northern Portland. At the southern end of Kelley Point Park, the path makes two important connections: It meets the Columbia Slough Trail, which will one day parallel the full length of the 19-mile stream, and Marine Drive Trail, a 17-mile trek along the south shore of the Columbia River. Both trails are part of the 40-Mile Loop that will someday encircle Portland and extend to other parts of Multnomah County.

    Kelley Point Park, at the trail's north end, features vistas of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers and offers places to swim, boat and fish in the water.

  • Padden Parkway Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 5.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Padden Parkway Trail provides a paved, 5-mile route across northeastern Vancouver, connecting neighborhoods and shopping areas. Trail-goers are separated from the busy four-lane roadway by a wide, well-manicured median. On its western end, a 560-foot bridge allows bicyclists and pedestrians to safely cross over I-205.
  • Terwilliger Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 5.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Terwilliger Trail offers a beautiful, paved route from southern Portland to Lake Oswego in two disconnected segments. Most of the trail corridor runs through Multnomah County; its southern tip lies in Clackamas County.

    The trail begins in a busy commercial area in the northeast corner of Lake Oswego, but immediately heads into the woods of Tryon Creek State Park and remains under heavy tree canopy for the remainder of the trip north, where it pops out on Terwilliger Boulevard. Hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities abound in the park.

    The other segment of the trail picks up north of I-5 and continues its path north along Terwilliger Boulevard. It winds downhill through the woods of George Himes City Park and continues through the trees to its end in Duniway Park, just south of downtown Portland. If you're lucky enough to visit in late March to early May, you can enjoy the park's lilac garden. Along the way, the trail skirts the campus of Oregon Health & Science University.
  • Westside Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 8.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The developing Westside Trail in Portland's western suburbs will be a 25-mile paved, multi-use path between the Willamette River to the north and the Tualatin River to the south. Currently, 8 miles are complete with much of the route transversing a scenic Bonneville Power utility corridor.

    The trail will be a recreational gem, connecting many parks, including Tualatin Hills Nature Park and the 5,000-acre Forest Park. Along the way, trail-goers will have views of woodlands, wetlands, native prairie grasses, and wildflowers. Bird watching and wildlife spotting promise to be popular past times.

    The Westside Trail will also serve as an important alternative transportation corridor through a heavily populated and fast-growing portion of Washington County, including the communities of Hillsboro, Beaverton and Tigard. TriMet's MAX Blue Line will provide commuters with easy access to the trail via light rail.

  • Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade

    State: OR
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Eastbank Esplanade traces Portland's Willamette River from the Steel Bridge on the north end to SE Caruthers Street on the south end. The trail is named for former Portland mayor Vera Katz, who supported the construction of the esplanade. Although the trail is less than 2 miles, it offers views of the river, downtown and public art.

    Four bridges along the way allow you to reach the west side of the river, where you can take the Waterfront Bike Path for a pleasant loop. For a longer ride, you can also connect to the Springwater Corridor, a member of the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame located off Ivon Street, about 3 blocks south of the esplanade's southern end.

  • Waterfront Bike Path

    State: OR
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Waterfront Bike Path follows the Willamette River in downtown Portland from the Marquam Bridge north to the Steel Bridge. Although short, the trail offers scenic views of the city skyline and waterway. Along the way, it passes through Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where you can find restrooms, historical attractions and an incredible fountain with 185 water jets.

    For a pleasant loop, cross one of the four bridges along the route to reach the Eastbank Esplanade on the opposite bank.

  • Edgewater Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Start the Edgewater Trail on Water Street at the north end of Riverfront Park. The 23-acre park is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon and enjoy river views. It has two unique features: a carousel with dozens of hand-carved and hand-painted wooden horses, and the Eco Earth Globe, created by local artists and students.

    Ride the ascending ramp and cross the Willamette River on the Center Street Bridge. On the other side, the trail follows the bank of the river between Edgewater Street and Dallas Highway.
  • Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail—also known as the Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail—is currently open from Battle Ground Lake State Park to a point nearly 1 mile southwest. The paved trail runs next to the Clark County-owned Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, which sees limited freight and excursion rail use.

    Clark County is planning on extending the trail along the entire 33-mile length of the railroad from the existing Burnt Bridge Creek Trail near Hazel Dell Avenue in Vancouver to the railroad’s northern terminus in Chelatchie Prairie. See the project record for more information.

  • Salmon Creek Greenway Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Salmon Creek Greenway Trail offers a scenic natural getaway in northern Vancouver. The paved, tree-lined trail winds along the creek and through wetlands for 3 miles, offering access to Salmon Creek Park and Klineline Pond on its eastern end. Sightings of deer, rabbits, raccoons, beavers, and many kinds of birds are common.

  • Minto-Brown Island Park Paved Path

    State: OR
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Minto-Brown Island Park offers a well-loved, natural oasis in western Salem. Spanning more than a thousand acres, the park offers both wooded and open areas for recreational enjoyment. A winding paved pathway stretches end to end, allowing walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and inline skaters to experience its beauty firsthand. Amenities in the park include wildlife observation platforms, fishing docks, playgrounds, an off-leash dog area, picnic tables, portable toilets, and unpaved hiking trails.

    Construction will begin in 2015 for a connection to Riverfront Park via a new pedestrian bridge that will span 300 feet across the Willamette Slough. The downtown park is a popular location for many of the city’s major events and features family-friendly attractions such as a hands-on children's museum, a carousel with dozens of hand-carved animals, and a large outdoor sculpture called Eco-Earth Globe.