Located only minutes from downtown Portland, the
645-acre park is Oregon's only state park within a major
metropolitan area. Everyday, visitors come to hike or stroll Tryon
Creek State Park's nature trails through the verdant ravine between
Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard in southwest Portland.
Cyclists of all ages bike along the paved trail on the park's
eastern edge, stopping along the way to admire a trillium.
The Tryon Creek canyon was logged in the 1880's by
the Oregon Iron Company to provide fuel for the iron smelter in Lake
Oswego. The forest has returned naturally to a mixed stand of red
alder, Douglas fir, bigleaf maple and western red cedar. More than
50 species of birds and many small mammals live in the park.
Some people visit Tryon Creek just to sit in the
Glenn L. Jackson shelter and listen to the chatter of the jays and
squirrels. Others, especially people with mobility-related
disabilities, come to enjoy the peaceful setting of the
fully-accessible Trillium Trail. Tryon Creek is one of the only
streams in the metro area with a run of steelhead trout.
of Tyron Creek State Park website for more information as well
as the State of Oregon Parks website about
Tyron Creek State Park.