Trail

Audobon Society

Portland, OR
Length: 1.40 mi.
Type: Lollipop

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

The Audubon Society of Portland’s 150-acre Nature Sanctuary is nestled against Forest Park, just five minutes from downtown Portland. This area is free to the public and a Hike it Baby favorite in Portland because it’s well maintained. The trails are excellent for little explorers.

Parking is free and there is an adjacent overflow lot at Upper Macleay if it gets full. The Nature Center offers great opportunities for kids to learn about birds in the park. Also there’s a nice space to hang out inside if it gets rainy. Look for the shelter below on trail if you get caught outside in bad weather.

Visit and enjoy the trails year-round, from dawn to dusk every day.

No dogs are allowed on Portland Audubon’s sanctuaries trails so please leave your four legged friends at home.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

There are excellent muddy puddles in the rainy season and great logs to climb on. Kids will enjoy the 400-year old tree with a platform around it not far into the park.

Also take some time to see some of the bird exhibits in and around the nature area.

Easy to do an inside change in the nature center on a rainy day and warm up as well.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking can get crowded at the Audubon so if you arrive and the lot is full, park just in the lot to the east. This is Upper Macleay parking lot and is a dirt parking lot with a short flat trail to the Audubon.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Shanti Hodges is the Founder of Hike it Baby. Shanti started the organization in Portland, OR in 2013 so she could find friends to hike with. It quickly caught on locally and people started contacting her to help develop hike communities that were baby and toddler focused in other cities. To further support her mission to get families outside, Shanti wrote a book “Hike it Baby: 100 Awesome Outdoor Adventures with Babies and Toddlers.” She is committed to getting local and national parks to be more aware of how they can better support families with babies and newly walking children. Shanti lives in Southern Utah with her husband and son. In her spare time she’s a hike guide and hosts women’s hike retreats