Dirksen Nature Trail

Tigard, OR
Length: 0.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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Dirksen Nature Trail is within the Dirksen Nature Park in Tigard, OR. This is a relatively short, easy trail through meadows and and a bit of forest. If you park at the Nature Center, it’s about 10 minutes of walking on a well maintained chip trail with some dirt areas. It can be very muddy and will have large puddles in wet months. Wear clothing and footwear that can get dirty! The trail to the nature play area is less than 1/2 mile long. Due to some uneven areas, it is not recommended to take a stroller along this path unless it has rugged tires and you don’t mind getting it muddy. You may also need help lifting it over roots and small steep areas through the trees. If you want a stroller or wheelchair friendly approach, use the Fanno Creek Trail which is paved and can be accessed from Tigard St or Tiedeman Ave. You might be able to park at Fowler Middle School for off street parking, but would need to walk down the sidewalk to the Fanno Creek Trail to get to the nature park area using paved surfaces.

The true gem is the nature play area. There is a nice covered picnic area and bathrooms available. They have a large play structure and a variety of sculptures from tree stumps and logs that are whimsical and fun for kids to explore. There are also some nature features like rocks, large stumps, and logs for kids to climb on.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly Yes
Stroller terrain All Terrain
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Bike Trails, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Playground, and Shelter

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park at the Nature Center if you want to take the short hike to the nature play area.

Park on the street near the Fanno Creek Trail or the middle school nearby to take paved paths.

Trail Contributor

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Jessica is the Executive Director of Hike it Baby. She has been an active participant, volunteer, and eventually, staff member since August 2014 when she joined to make new friends and get outside with her first born. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon with her husband, two daughters, and their giant dog. She grew up enjoying the outdoors in California and Oregon and has a deep appreciation for wildflowers, mountains, ocean beaches, rivers, and old growth forests. When she’s not nerding out on business, strategy, and organizational leadership, Jessica can be found taking a conference call on the mountain trails near her home, watching her girls figure out just how far a tutu can be tested while climbing trees, practicing her amateur photography, or working on craft projects.


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Getting There

There are many options for getting here depending on where you live. These directions are from downtown Portland.

Drive I-5 south and take Exit 294 for Highway 99W, Tigard, and Newberg. In 0.3 miles merge with Highway 99W.

Drive 1.4 miles into Tigard, and turn right at the traffic light for Greenburg Road.

Drive 0.8 miles on Greenburg Road, and then make a sharp left turn onto SW Tiedeman Avenue.

Go 0.3 miles on Tiedeman, and turn right onto Tigard Street.

Proceed 0.4 miles on Tigard Street to make a left turn into the parking area for Dirksen Nature Park.

The park is close to Fowler Middle School