With scenic cliffs, bluffs, and the flowing Willamette and Clackamas Rivers, Oregon City exemplifies the Beaver State's unique recreational access points and outdoors lifestyle.
Oregon City's dog park has not been built, but there is one just a few minutes away over the bridge in West Linn. The Mary S. Young Park is 128 acres large, and has up to eight miles of leashed trails, creating quiet, natural paths through the forest alongside the Willamette River. The un-leashed dog area extends to the river, so well-trained dogs can enjoy the water and rocks without having to be on a leash.
Oregon City manages ten different trails throughout its' park system. For a path that takes you from the heart of the city to some beautiful river views, try the Clackamette Cove Trail, approximately a mile long. Atkinson Park, a small 4-acre park in the middle of the city, also has short nature paths.
If you need something longer, the best option is the I-205 Multi-Use path. Think a paved path right alongside an interstate doesn't sound appealing? Think again! This 18.5-mile path goes through the heart of five different cities, has over 5,000 new trees and shrubs, and many public topiaries and art installations.
Within the neighborhood of Hillendale, residents will find Hillendale Park and Wesley Lynn Park. Both are great spots to take your dog for some outdoor fun! Hillendale Park offers amenities such as sports fields, covered picnic tables, a playground, washrooms, and lots of wide open space to run around! Running through the park is a small stream, where your pooch can splash around in the water. Wesley Lynn Park offers similar amenities, including a playground, covered shelters, and washrooms, and often times in the summer you can take your pup to the park to watch an outdoor movie in the evening!