Ride and Hike On!
The top recreation choices in Oregon's Washington County are typically hiking and biking--and with the assortment of multi-use paths here, it's no wonder.
Many miles of bike paths, plus miles of hiking trails allow for an exciting and invigorating day, weekend or week of discovery. From urban trails connecting cities, to rural paths in the forest, there is no shortage of places to take the road less traveled.
With a little planning and the desire to pedal, your Washington County bike adventure can also be smooth, scenic and enjoyable. For road biking along paths and streets, outstanding options in the county are the 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail; and the loop around Henry Hagg Lake and through Scoggins Valley Park.
If it's dirt paths you enjoy, there's prime mountain biking here. At the Gales Creek Camp area, the singletrack offers seven miles of technical riding. The options at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park expand in all directions through forested area, and many trails are for bikes only.
Prime routes for a day of road cycling are also an option. The 20-mile "Fern Hill Loop" winds past wetlands and through the lush Tualatin River Basin as well as past wineries. The "Historic Helvetia Loop" rolls mostly along quiet country roads. (Read more and download biking maps)