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Nature Gone Wild: Wilderness Trails and Parks in Beaverton

Nature Gone Wild Tualatin Hills, Cooper Mountain, Hyland Woods and Jenkins Estate

With at least 90 parks and nature spaces covering more than 1,400 acres in the nine-city community of Tualatin Valley, it’s a pretty sure thing you’ll be embracing the great outdoors in or near Beaverton this year. Here are a few favorite spots for exploring the forests, trails, streams, lakes and wildlife in your own backyard.

Hyland Woods Natural Area

You don’t even have to leave the city limits to jump headfirst into the world of nature. At Hyland Woods Natural Area in South Beaverton, you’ll find 30 acres of woodlands and Douglas Fir forests crisscrossed with about a mile of soft-surface trails. Keep an eye (and ear) peeled for the park’s unofficial semi-annoying mascot, the Pileated woodpecker. Treat the little ones in your life to a fancy-free romp and log-climbing in the park’s dedicated off-trail play area.

Tualatin Hills Nature Park

Cedar Mill Creek is an icon of Beaverton flowing right through the center of town, but did you know that it spills into the larger Beaverton Creek and Tualatin Hills Nature Park? This massive wildlife preserve spans 222 acres of wilderness glory populated by hidden families of reptiles, birds, insects, amphibians and wooly little mammals. Both paved and soft-surface trails meander through the park with names like Oak Trail and Vine Maple Trail, giving you a not-so-subtle hint at what species of trees are towering above your head. Note that this one is a designated wildlife preserve, so leave your domesticated pets at home!

Copper Mountain Nature Park

Just on the edge of the Beaverton city limits, Cooper Mountain Nature Park swoops through 230 acres of forests and woodlands peering over the Tualatin River Valley. Cooper Mountain Nature Park is located on the edge of Beaverton. There are about three miles of trails here, each leading into diverse habitats such as conifer forests, Oregon white oak groves and a pristine centuries-old prairie. Stay for sunset views of the Chehalem Mountain but be sure to head back toward the Cooper Mountain Nature Center before dark. The folks there can also tell you about events, nature walks and classes throughout the year.

Jenkins Estate

This one gives you a dose of both nature and culture, with 68 acres perched on the slopes of Cooper Mountain. Walking paths wind through cultivated herb gardens, waving wildflower meadows, ponds and rockeries in this vast estate listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Traditional English-style gardens include an enormous rhododendron collection, and the herb garden bursts with aromas of lavender, thyme, rosemary and scented geraniums. Historic buildings from the early 1900s give you a taste of genteel country life of days gone by.

You’re never far from Mother Nature when you live in Beaverton, so give us a call to hear about move-in specials at our Beaverton apartment communities. You’re also welcome to schedule a tour to see for yourself!