Tualatin Valley Recreation Bucket List: Four great socially distant activities

Tualatin Valley Recreation Bucket List: Four great socially distant activities

As the new year begins, outdoor recreation is the perfect socially distant activity to get out and enjoy nature and wildlife in Tualatin Valley. Add these new and old favorites to your list when planning your next outdoor adventure.


View Local Wildlife at Wapato Lake

Expected to open in 2021, the Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located near the small town of Gaston and offers meandering hiking trails and six hunting blinds. While hiking, visitors can see a diversity of wildlife at the refuge including, bats migrating annually, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.


Hike Chehalem Ridge Nature Park

Visitors to Chehalem Ridge Nature Park will be able to walk, ride their horse or off-road bicycle on nearly ten miles of trails. This future nature park–scheduled to open in 2021–will encompass 1,250 acres and a variety of habitats.


Paddle Tualatin River

In late 2020, the 38.5-mile navigable portion of the Tualatin River Water Trail was designated as one of the newest routes in the U.S. National Trails System. Visitors can rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards during the summer months at Brown’s Ferry Park (via Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe) and Cook Park.


Camp Under the Stars*

Year-round camping can be found at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park near Buxton as well as miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. (*Please check website before visiting as reservations may be required.)

Stay local and explore your own backyard. These Tualatin Valley outdoor recreation sites are ready for you to explore and enjoy.

Take care out there.

Learn more at tualatinvalley.org.

The Tualatin Valley is a short drive from Portland and is home to nationally renowned golf courses, award-winning wineries, tax-free shopping, agricultural experiences, outdoor recreational activities and more. With a combination of suburban and rural settings, the Tualatin Valley offers an unparalleled experience for all travelers.