Marine Drive Trail

Oregon

Marine Drive Trail Facts

States: Oregon
Counties: Multnomah
Length: 17.6 miles
Trail end points: Kelley Point Park and Portland-Troutdale Airport at Marine Dr.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6542655
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Marine Drive Trail Description

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 and Trail Access

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).

Marine Drive Trail Reviews

Great for everyone. Heavily used, but only because it's open, awesome and full of wildlife! Birds galore! Also, wide trail allows for cyclists to cruise at a super quick pace. Awesome, awesome!

Visiting from out of town and wanted a local ride. Marine Drive does have a few problems with the route being marked well enough for visitors to follow. Anyone that says Marine Drive is lightly traveled is, well>>wrong in my opinion. Seems it would be good for locals that know the way but would warn visitors to be cautious

This path is my favorite so far. It is fairly flat with the majority of the path right on the rivers edge. It does have portions that are up on the road edge, but this path allows you the opportunity to just cruise along casually enjoying the river or to really stretch it out for a fast work out. Generally use is fairly light in the earlier morning, but in the afternoon does tend to get a bit heavier making a slowdown a must. Hope to see you all out there on this one.

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I like this trail. A nice breeze is usually coming off the water to keep me cool. My dog comes along and finds his way down to the water to cool off. I keep on walking & he catches up. I often go out between 136th -158th..parking across the street down a block on side of street.

I love this trail for inline skating. The section next to the airport is 5 miles (10 miles round trip), wide, smooth, and mostly flat. There is only one place you have to cross Marine Drive.

There is free parking at the western trailhead in a gravel lot just west of 33rd, behind Pacific Power Boats. It's a small lot though. There is a nice, big paved lot at the boat ramp that costs $5.

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