Tualatin Hills Nature Park
In the heart of Beaverton, Cedar Mill Creek spills into the westward flowing Beaverton Creek. Surrounding this confluence is the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, a remarkably diverse 222-acre wildlife preserve with wetlands, forests, and streams that are habitat to insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The Nature Park is a fascinating place to observe seasonal changes, such as the migration of rough-skinned newts to their breeding ponds or the waves of spring wildflowers or breeding birds. For hikers, joggers, birders and botanists of all ages, the mosaic of habitats within the park offers much to be discovered.
The Nature Park Interpretive Center is the jumping-off point for visitors entering from the Millikan Way parking lot entrance. Stop by the Center to check out the exhibits, have your wildlife questions answered, find out about programs or use the restrooms.
About 1.5 miles of trails are paved, while the remaining 3.5 miles are well-maintained, soft-surface trails. The Oak Trail and sections of the Vine Maple Trail are paved and wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair at the Interpretive Center may be borrowed, free of charge.
Dogs and other pets are prohibited at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. Check out the staff-recommended list for other natural area trails where dogs on leash are welcome.
Tualatin Hills Nature Park Hours
Daily, dawn until dusk, unless otherwise posted.
From Highway 217 or Tualatin Valley Highway
Take Oregon 8/Canyon Rd/Tualatin Valley (TV) Highway about two miles west. SW Millikan Way is on the north side, between SW Murray and SW 170th. Go north on 160th, which becomes Millikan Way. The park is about one-half mile from the intersection on your left. If you pass a set of train tracks, you have gone too far.
From Highway 26 or Murray Boulevard
From Highway 26 (Sunset Highway), go south on Murray for about 1.5 miles. From Murray, go west on SW Millikan Way. The Interpretive Center is approximately 3/4 mile from the intersection. We are about 200 feet past the set of railroad tracks on your right.
By Public Transit
We are easily reached via TriMet's Westside Light Rail. Get off at the Merlo Road/158th Station. Turn left, cross the tracks and make a left turn onto the asphalt path. This is the Oak Trail. It will lead you into the park and to the Interpretive Center (about three-quarters of a mile away).
This page was last updated on Tuesday August 05 2014 at 1:13 PM.