Portland's growing network of trails, parks, and natural areas offer outdoor escapes by foot, bike, and paddle for an hour or an entire weekend.

In This Feature:

Express Escapes

You don't have to ramble too far to find a scenic vista in this town.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker With Sara Gates

Trail City

Within 20 miles of downtown you’ll find an astonishing 1,200 miles of trails and 40,000 acres of parks and natural areas. as hiking season arrives, we celebrate our seamless connection to nature by mapping 32 places to get outside in every corner of

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

Afternoon Delights

Tell the boss you're working from home and take a tour of nearby nature.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker With Julian Smith

Sublime Southwest

The 'burbs have their own splendid sites that deserve a detailed look.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

Northern Stars

There's no shortage of dramatic destinations as you head north to Vancouver and Camas.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker With Julian Smith

Southbound

Take a detour during your commute down I-5 South, and pay a visit to some enchanting green spaces in Oregon City and Milwaukie.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker With Julian Smith

All-Nighters

Overnight adventure beckons at Oxbow Regional Park.

06/15/2012 By Ted Katauskas Edited by Brian Barker

Portland's Top Five Fall Foliage Walks

Where to see autumn color at its best right now

11/11/2012 By Kate Bryant

The High Road

Happy 100th birthday to Terwilliger Parkway! You don't look a day over 95.

06/15/2012 By Randy Gragg Edited by Brian Barker

Heroes of the Intertwine

Let's take a moment to deliver some well-deserved thanks to those visionary folks who've fought to keep our trails and parks pristine.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

A Year in Nature

Who says hiking is limited to summer sojourns? Nature is happening year-round.

06/22/2012 Edited by Brian Barker