The city of Tualatin just put in a sparkling (literally) new extension to the Tualatin River Greenway multi-use path. This new part includes a journey though time. You will walk with Giant Sloth and Mastodons, meet Sabretooth Salmon, walk through the Missoula Floods to the Great Plank Road. Bone casts and interpretive signs will expand your mind and understanding of the local Geology and Evolutionary events. From there we will jog over to the old trail and into lovely Brown’s Ferry Park. This 28.33 acre natural area park is located on the Tualatin River. A native grass and wildflower prairie covers about a third of the park and includes a large pond. Keep an eye out for Nutria! There is an extensive pathway system, picnic tables, wildlife viewing blind, river overlook platform and a canoe ramp and dock that allow access to the Tualatin River. During the summer you can rent kayaks and canoes here. There is an old barn that reminds visitors of the site's former agricultural history and interpretive signs in the park offer information about the cultural as well as natural history of the area.
Brown's Ferry Park was named after Zenas J. Brown who laid a claim to the land in 1850 through the Donation Land Act. He started the first ferry in the Tualatin vicinity here, and also offered his services as an Eclectic Physician and Surgeon in nearby Oregon City. In 1855 Dr. Brown MD took in and treated a very ill young man named Isaac Warwick, who owed him money for the purchase of some land. When Warwick died, Brown applied to the court to administer Warwick’s will, but was denied and instead was indicted for murder a year later. Although the Territorial Circuit Court acquitted Brown for lack of evidence, he felt the community’s suspicion and quickly sold his land and moved a few miles north, then to Salem and finally Florida. His ferry fell out of favor after another ferry was established on Boones Ferry Road up river.
We will be walking on both paved and dirt trails and planked boardwalks, so wear stabilizing active footwear such as sneakers, hiking boots or Tevas. Bring water or snacks as needed. Friendly dogs are welcome on leash. If you like bring info on a new diet fad or health tip to share and evaluate. This hike has many medicinal plants to potentially identify. The walk will be about 4 miles long and will be mostly flat, with a couple easy hills and just this year includes a brand new boardwalk riverside extention. This walk will take an hour and a half to two hours, but allow the two and a half hour window due to any view breaks or general group lag. Drizzle is part of everyday life, but storms cancel event. This should be fun! Let’s take a walk! Contact organizer Dr. Mindy Curry at 503-995-8674 with any questions.
Meet at 1 PM behind MudBay at the blue-green Greenway Arch at 7807 SW Nyberg St, Tualatin, OR 97062. Basically go behind the New Seasons strip mall, closest to the Tualatin Library. Park near the Arch near the back of the library. If you want to carpool from some distant part of town, then leave a comment on the meet-up page and we’ll try to find someone going your way. From PDX: take I-5 South to the Nyberg exit. Take a right over the freeway on Nyberg, then immediately turn right into the New Seasons shopping mall. Go to the far end, park in back.
7807 SW Nyberg St
Tualatin, OR 97062
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