From their website:
Located only minutes from downtown Portland is Oregon's only state park within a major metropolitan area. Every day, 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.
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.
The Friends of Tryon Creek State Park operate a nature store, summer youth day camps, school tours, guided nature walks and special events. They can be reached at (503) 636-4398.
There's so much to see and enjoy at the 645-acre park, one visit isn't enough!
Another website that gives information on different events, programs, camps and classes is:
We only went once but we really enjoyed and are planning to go back. The trail we walked was easy for my 4-year and 7-year kids. Friend of Tryon Creek Park offer Saturday family guided tours from 10 to 11:30AM with different themes. Very fun and educational for the kids.
We enjoyed this park. The trails are nice and the setting is very natural and woodsy. We used the stroller on the hilly trails with very little problems but would also be a great place to use a baby carrier.
We look forward to returning as we had a great afternoon outing here. The park was pleasantly busy with other families, dog walkers and runners but the trails never seemed crowded and a little bit of peace and tranquility is available on the trails.
Tryon Creek State Park is a go-to for us, especially since we are so close to it. The park is a heavily wooded area, with trails that are really well maintained. There are both hiking trails and trails for horses (you will see riders on occasion, and I believe the bikers have to stick to those trails also to keep everyone safe). Hikers can also go on those trails, just be wary (and I would avoid taking the kids in case you have to make quick movements).
There is an interpretive center where they hold different lessons (you can find out what is happening on the website I have listed in 'more information'). They will bring animals out for the kids to learn about and teach them about forests. There are all sorts of different trails throughout the park, and I would classify most as easy with a couple of moderate trails. We did a hike there with our playgroup and we had 3-year old twins with us, that thought our hike got a little long (we should have taken one of the shorter routes for them).
Great place to go over and over! One quick note: not really hugely stroller-friendly...some trails are, most are not. If you have a kid-pack, you will be better off.