Oxbow Regional Park is another one of Portland’s little treasures. You can get there via public transit, and while it has nearly 15 miles of trails, there are multiple uses throughout the park, from picnicking to boating, swimming and fishing.
Upon my visit, I only traversed a few miles of the parks trails, spending more time to linger by the Sandy River, which in late summer, was at a very low level. I also found it very peaceful. I ran into almost no one, and felt as though I has much of the park to myself. If you’re looking for solitude yet not wanting to stray from Portland, this is definitely the place to be on a weekday post-Labor Day.
On the trails you’ll find plenty of old growth as you weave in and out of forest by the Sandy River shoreline and beyond. Quite a lovely, relaxing, and scenic place to stroll rather than a lung-busting hike. In hot summer I imagine the Sandy River is a welcome refuge to splash around in.
Treks Down: 28, Treks to Go: 24