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Address: Southeast Seventh Street, Portland, OR 97202
Phone Number: 503 823 7529
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walkers and runners paradise

Oaks bottom is a great place to ride bikes, go for a walk/run, get outside to have fun. Rain or shine

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015

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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Oaks bottom is a great place to ride bikes, go for a walk/run, get outside to have fun. Rain or shine

Thank Shebewoman
Redondo Beach, California
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We did this hike early in the morning and loved the easy trail around the lake. We were able to spot heron, ducks, bluejays and other birds during the hour walk. It’s a very popular trail with dog owners and those with small children.

Thank Janice N
New Haven, Connecticut
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Really nice place for a stroll, especially if you're a birder. Very easy hiking. I'm not sure if the path is accessible or not--we saw parents with strollers, but I don't know how they got down there, because the entrance I came in was down a narrow dirt path and some stone steps. It's a popular place, so if you're... More 

Thank Judith L
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

Nestled in the southeast Moreland-Sellwood neighborhoods of Portland, Oaks Bottom offers a variety of nature's gifts. Begin at the parking lot trailhead and make your way down the painted paved path to the hiking/running trail on the left, or continue to the tadpole ponds on the right, or venture under the overpass to the trials by the Willamette River. Depending... More 

Thank Brooke H
Clackamas Oregon
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149 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Stretching along the east side of Portland from Sellwood to Westmoreland is Oaks bottom wildlife refuge. The noise of the city is replaced by the sound of birds and wind in the trees. A gem for many years it is increasingly brought back to a more natural area. 50 years ago I was picking interesting things out of the landfill.... More 

Thank JurgisRudkus
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We visited Portland in January, staying in a rental property in the Sellwood neighborhood that overlooked the Oaks Bottom Refuge, so it was only natural to explore. January is not the best month, but we saw many ducks and even a beaver; our landlord says they've seen bald eagles, too.

Thank EarthmanByron
Hilo, Hawaii
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

In the middle of a busy trip to Portland, we found this place. Forget it being a refuge for wildlife -- apart from the odd squirrel or duck, we didn't see much wildlife. But it is a wonderful refuge for two-legged primates and their four-pawed companions. Lots of shady, well maintained paths, and there's a real sense that you are... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I have not been to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge for several years and I was amazed at the improvements in the trail, the platform for viewing, the removal of invasive species, the railings and improved walkways in muddy areas. I began at the Milwaukie Street trailhead and walked along the Oak Bluff Trail and around the meadow, returned along the... More 

Thank Gabriella M
Portland, Oregon, United States
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265 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I love this place!! I visited several times over the summer, and never tired of it. Recent reconstruction on the hiking trail includes a platform for viewing out over the pond, where you can often glimpse herons and all other sorts of birds flying around. Across the pond to the West is Oaks Amusement Park, and Springwater Trail. Above Oaks... More 

Thank SassyGirlJenna729
Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

This recently renovated trail through one of the first urban wildlife preserves in the country. The relatively easy bluff trail takes you along the edge of marshland, giving peeks at heron, ducks, raptors and a variety of other birds. Warblers will serenade you, crows will heckle, and if you're lucky you'' even see a few deer out in the brush.... More 

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