Best Walking Trails in Wilsonville, Oregon
Between the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life, we often forget to take time to stop, take in some fresh air and enjoy ourselves. What better way than getting outside and enjoying the beautiful scenery that Oregon has to offer? Thanks to our friends at Wilsonville Parks and Rec, we were able to put together a list of 6 walks in Wilsonville that you we think you may enjoy.
1: 1.2 miles – Old Town Historic
This quick walk is less than a mile and a half and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Along the route you will be able to visit some historic landmarks of the city of Wilsonville. This walk begins and ends at Boones Ferry Park, following SW Bones Ferry Road up to 5th street, walk down 5th street where you will see St. Cyril’s Catholic Church. After you have walked to the end of 5th street, continue back to SW Boones Ferry Road just past Bailey street which is where you will see the Methodist Church. Once you reach the Methodist church, turn around and walk back to Boones Ferry Park where you began. You can also see the Tauchman House, Norris Young Machine Shope, Aden’s Store and the site of Bill Flynn’s Saloon along this route.
2: 1.2 miles – Town Center to Memorial Park
Starting at Wilsonville City Hall, begin walking south on Town Center Loop E. Once you reach Memorial Park, turn left onto the walking trail which will take you down into the park. Follow this trail to the loop that heads east and turn left once you reach the barn. Continue on this path that crosses at Wilsonville Road and Memorial Drive, and then cross Wilsonville Road and head back towards City Hall. This walk will bring you to two barns as well as a picnic shelter, should you want to stop and rest. Around 1.2 miles, this walk will also take around 30 minutes to complete.
3: 1.8 Miles – Charbonneau Historic
Just under 2 miles, this walk allows you to explore the beautiful Charbonneau Historic District. Start by either parking your car in Charbonneau or taking a free ride on SMART route 3 bus to the Springridge stop. Once you get to Springridge, begin walking on the walkway on the west side of the road. Following this trail will lead you to the Gordon House historical marker where you will simply turn around and follow your tracks back to the beginning. This simple walking trail showcases the history of Charbonneau, including the Ice Age Boulders, the site of the Curry House, the Wagner Well House and the site of the Gordon House. Slightly longer than the first two options, this walk takes around 40 minutes to complete.
4: 2.0 miles – Boeckman Creek Crossing
To begin, start at Wilsonville City Hall and cross Town Center Loop E to Courtside Drive. Turn right once you reach Wimbledon Circle, where Courtside Park will be on your left. The park features a large playground and is a perfect stop for the whole family. Once you’ve passed the park, continue on to Boeckman Creek Crossing trail – follow this trail down the canyon and up to Meadows Loop, where you will turn right. Follow Meadows Loop to Wilsonville Road and turn right, where you will follow this sidewalk back to Town Center Loop E which will take you back to City Hall.
5: 2.5 miles – Boones Ferry to Memorial Park
This slightly longer walk is around 2 and a half miles and should take a little under an hour to complete. You’ll want to start at Boones Ferry Park and take the walkway to Tauchman Street. From here, follow the pathway under the Boone Bridge and turn right on SW Calyca Street, left onto SW Parkway Ave and Right onto SW Wilson Street. Once you’re on Wilson Street, simply follow it to Memorial Park. Memorial Park is perfect for the kids, featuring basketball courts, a skate ramp, a picnic area and more. Follow the same path back to Boones Ferry Park.
6. 3.2 miles – SMART Central WES to the Water
The longest walk on our list is this 3.2 mile walk. You will begin and end at the SMART Central WES Station. Begin on Barber Street and take a left on Kinsman Road, continue on and cross to the other side of Wilsonville Road and turn right. Then turn left on Morey lane (walk/bike path) and continue until you reach the Water Treatment Plant and follow the trail until you reach the river viewing area. You will encounter a few awesome views of the Willamette River and pass by the historic Ritter House (now the Montessori School). Follow your tracks back to SMART Central Station to complete your walk.