10 Best and Most Stunning Parks in and around Portland, Oregon

Oregon is known for its enchanting landscape and Portland parks stayed true to this by encompassing that beauty within all of their parks. Not only are Portland parks beutiful, but they are unique and most times quite large. The city of Portland has taken time into planning their parks and perfecting them. Even in areas of nothing but sky high buildings Portland has placed the most delightful parks. You could visit Portland and plan an entire trip just around the parks. All of the parks on this list are great for whole families. No matter what age you are or activity you seek Portland has a park just for you. Our park list will help you decide where to feed ducks, go biking, have a picnic, smell the roses, get wet, or just relax. We have included parks with fun water features, like Jamison Square in the Pearl District and parks with extra-large playgrounds like Washington Park next to downtown Portland. We've included parks that host large events like Tom McCall Water Front Park. We've included parks that have become iconic themselves like Forest Park. Portland even has the Springwater Corridor, a 21 mile paved trail one way that connects many of the parks in Portland and throughout the suburbs.

West Hills

Forest Park is Portland's own enchanted forest. Forest Park is well known for being the largest urban forest in the country located within a city. Forest park encompasses more than 5000 acres full of dense trees, rivers, waterfalls, and bridges....  Read More

Blue Lake Park is a large recreational park located in Fairview, OR less than twenty minutes from downtown Portland. There's a small admission fee of $5 per car to enter the park. Inside the park there's an exciting splash pad for kids that's...  Read More

The Springwater Corridor is a multiuse trail that runs from SE Ivan St. in Portland all the way to Boring, OR. The trail is currently 14.2 miles one way. The Springwater Corridor connects many parks including Tideman Johnson Nature Park,...  Read More

Director Park is a public piazza right in the heart of downtown Portland. This park sits on top of an underground parking garage. Here they have a large fountain feature that doubles as a splash pad for kids on hot days. Director Park offers...  Read More

Jamison Square
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Jamison Square is an outdoor park in the Pearl District hidden among high rise condominiums. During the warm months kids can play in the tiered fountain that runs continuously. As the fountain runs it forms a shallow pool and then drains itself,...  Read More

Laurelhurst Park

Laurelhurst Park is 31 acres near SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd and Stark Street, in the neighborhood of Laurelhurst. This park has a little bit of everything including a duck pond, dog area, basketball courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, horseshoe...  Read More

North Portland

Arbor Lodge Park in north Portland near N Bryant St & Delaware Ave includes accessible restroom, baseball field, dog off-leash area, horseshoe pit, paved paths, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field, statue or public art,...  Read More

The Fields Park is a 3.2 acre urban greenspace in the Pearl District part of Portland spilt into four segments: The Yard, the Dog Park, the Children's Playground, and the Dry Creek Garden. The playground has newer equipment for children to play...  Read More

Financial District

Washington Park is next to downtown Portland and home to one of the best playground in the city. This park offers residents and visitors 130 acres of lawns and gardens, with trails that connect to Forest Park and the Pittock Mansion. The park is...  Read More

Although Pioneer Courthouse Square and Powell's Books are often referred to as Portland's "living rooms," Tom McCall Park could also be named as such. Even in bad weather, a multitude of people congregate along the riverfront, and on nice days,...  Read More


Meet Meagan Wristen

Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan