North Tabor is located on the northeast side of Portland, Oregon. There are many commercial businesses in the area that residents can access on foot including a medical center, local eateries and restaurants, grocery stores, and other shops mostly concentrated along Glisan Street.
When walking in the spring, pedestrians and their pets are treated to a colorful display of spring blooms, but rain is common at this time of year. By summer, Portland weather is mostly sunny, dry, and ideal for walking with warm temperatures. Fall starts to cool down and rainy weather begins to move in once again. Winters are cool and wet and warm waterproof jackets are a must. Snow is rare and does not usually stay on the ground long. However, it makes walkways pretty slick when it does occur. Severe storms are not common in Portland and, usually, high winds and electrical storms do not impede the walkability of the neighborhood.
The terrain is relatively flat with no steep inclines to climb. Residential roads are quiet and narrow with dense foliage and greenery, lots of shade and shelter, and grassy berms which make an ideal place for a walk with your furry friend. There are some multi-family housing complexes in the region, but mostly single-family homes. Houses have vintage architecture and lots of interesting details that provide character to the neighborhood. Private properties are very well landscaped with attractive gardens, green lawns, large trees, and flowering bushes.
Just north of North Tabor, the 14-acre Normandale Park has a great off-leash dog area. The dog run is fenced, so dogs are contained and there is a fresh water supply for pups in the park. Your dog must be vaccinated and supervised at all times. Other features of the park include restrooms, paved and unpaved walking trails, a playground, picnic tables, and recreational fields and facilities.
Portland's Mt. Tabor Park provides more opportunities for long treks with your canine companion. Mt. Tabor features some steep elevation changes on trails with spectacular views of Portland that are well worth the effort. There is an off-leash area here for your pup to play as well as an outdoor stage, sports courts, and a playground. Hiking paths weave through the area and there are several different trails for hikers and hounds of different abilities. Check out a map available on site or online to pick a route appropriate to your abilities.