Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

A picturesque and easy going little trail for littl'ns, the Wildlife Refuge provides a great introduction to the great outdoors.

2
hours of fun

Open

The refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk. The Wildlife Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The main, mile-long nature trail is open year round, but the remaining 3 miles of trails / service roads are only open May through September.

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A photograph taken at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Pros

  • The mile long nature-trail curls it’s way across and through a variety of habitats and is very, very pretty.
  • Observation decks provide good vantage points to view the wildlife (from the website, “The Refuge is now¬†home to nearly 200 species of birds, over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a wide variety of insects, fish and plants”)
  • Aside from one overlook, it’s flat, making it very toddler friendly.
  • A nice, new visitor center. With restrooms.

Cons

  • Exploration is limited to the single (albeit lovely) there-and-back trail in the off-season. So: not much to it.
  • Overly enthusiastic (read noisy) children may frighten off the wildlife.

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First posted: January 30, 2013; last updated: April 16, 2014.

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A photograph taken at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

19255 SW Pacific Highway (Highway 99W), Sherwood, OR 97140 [Google map].

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