I’m dreaming of warmer days as I write this way overdue blog post. It feels as if Portland went from Summer directly to winter and I am feeling it today. We also have been hit with the winter colds around here hence such a huge space in posts. I actually didn’t realize that we are close to a month since our last post and it was completely unintentional because I have more than enough posts in draft mode. Anyways let me stop the rambling and we’ll get into todays post which is all about our adventure to Graham Oaks Nature Park.
We have been really making an effort to get out and try out the various trail systems and nature parks in the greater Portland area and I have so many to share with you. This summer we ventured to Wilsonville to Graham Oaks Nature Park which is a great paved trail as well as a short gravel trail.
There are lots of benches to rest little legs and signs that tell you about the history of the park and the wildlife you might see.
There is also a giant acorn that the big girls just loved. Can we just take a moment and look at how tiny Alder is in this photo below – where has the time gone?
These sweet girls walked for what seemed like forever and despite being tired and so hot they made it back to the car and to the snacks. We weren’t without our bench stops to rest….at every bench we came across.
I’ll say this Graham Oaks Nature Park is a really beautiful nature park. The paths are nice and wide and if you are looking for a great place to bring out balance bikes or scooters with your little ones this is a great spot. It’s also great for running with a jogging stroller. I would say avoid going on sunny, hot summer days because there is little to no shade to be found except for the really nice covered picnic area near the restrooms.
If you are in Portland would I go out of my way to travel there? No, but if you are in the area for any reason and want to stretch your legs it’s a great spot even if to just climb on the giant acorn.
Things to Consider
Weather Conditions: This is a great spot in most any weather. Like I said above I would maybe avoid hot sunny days because there is very little shade but otherwise it’s great. Need a rainy walk/hike? This would be a great spot because it’s pretty flat and paved in most areas so easy to get around.
Stress Factor: None. The paths are wide, there aren’t any drop-off’s or crazy rocks to climb. It’s easy, flat and virtually stress free.
Difficulty: Easy. This path is great for all ages, especially little legs because its is flat and wide. If you do have little ones who want to walk I’d recommend bringing a carrier or stroller as well if you plan to do the full loop.
Distance from Portland: 20 miles (25-35 minutes or so).
Viewpoints: There aren’t any spectacular view points here just a nice stroll.
Recommended Ages: All ages.
Bathrooms: YES! There are bathrooms next to the covered picnic area.