Sellwood

Portland, Oregon

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Annexed by Portland in 1893, Sellwood for many years was its own incorporated town, and it still has the independent, off-the-main-drag feel of “elsewhere.” The neighborhood is known primarily for Antique Row, the nickname for SE 13th Avenue, although these days many of the antiques stores along the street have been replaced by restaurants and coffee shops. Sellwood’s other claim to fame is Oaks Amusement Park, a charmingly low-key familyfun spot with year-round roller skating, and the abutting Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, a great place for bird-watching. The trail through the refuge is part of the Springwater Corridor trail network, which in turn is part of the metro area’s 40-Mile Loop trail system. (The Springwater Trail currently runs 21 miles from industrial Southeast Portland to the town of Boring; plans call for eventually connecting it to the Pacific Crest Trail.) The narrow, 85-year-old Sellwood Bridge is Portland’s southernmost; it was built on a budget and is about to undergo an elaborate makeover, partly to improve its earthquake-readiness.

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"Annexed by Portland in 1893, Sellwood for many years was its own incorporated town, and it still has the independent, off-the-main-drag feel of “elsewhere.” The neighborhood is known primarily for Antique Row, the nickname for SE 13th Avenue, although these days many of the antiques stores along the street have been replaced by restaurants and coffee shops. Sellwood’s other claim to fame is Oaks Amusement Park, a charmingly low-key familyfun spot with year-round roller skating, and the abutting Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, a great place for bird-watching. The trail through the refuge is part of the Springwater Corridor trail network, which in turn is part of the metro area’s 40-Mile Loop trail system. (The Springwater Trail currently runs 21 miles from industrial Southeast Portland to the town of Boring; plans call for eventually connecting it to the Pacific Crest Trail.) The narrow, 85-year-old Sellwood Bridge is Portland’s southernmost; it was built on a budget and is about to undergo an elaborate makeover, partly to improve its earthquake-readiness."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round

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Jun 2018