Marshall Park Neighborhood

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Here is a collage of pictures showing what Marshall Park neighborhood has to offer

Marshall Park Neighborhood is like the other west Portland neighborhoods that are just south of Barbur and I 5. They are quiet, residential, woodsy, with winding streets that mostly go down the hill, big yards, lots of trees and oriented to the forest and trails! It is bordered by the West Portland Park,  Markham, South Burlingame,   Collins View and Arnold Creek Neighborhoods. It is close to the city, you have a number of ways to get downtown even if there is traffic on I 5, yet it feels secluded, private and peaceful- a haven to return to after working! Marshall Park is a 25 acre park with several hiking trails, and it is part of the neighborhood. Lewis and Clark College is right on the edge of the Marshall Park Neighborhood, so there are a few little coffee shops, yoga studios etc, but not much!

tryon creek trailsMarshall Park is a beautiful wooded canyon created by Tryon Creek’s cascading flow over large bolders as it heads down the hill to the Willamette River. It’s headwaters are in Multnomah Village, they run through this neighborhood, through Tryon Creek State Park and into the Willamette. Because so much of this area has been protected, by both Marshall Park and the state park, it has sheltered native birds, plants and aquatic animals. This is what makes the Marshall Park Neighborhood special for those who love the peace of the forest and the abundance of native species.

Marshall Park neighborhood has various home styles, mostly 40s and 50s on up. It definitely doesn’t have any cookie cutter neighborhoods, but there are a variety of ages, sizes, prices and styles. It tends to be expensive and upscale, because of being so close to Portland and Tryon Creek, plus the surroundings and lot size are amazing. But you can find older smaller homes that aren’t too expensive. Shopping is not in the neighborhood, but you can either go down to John’s landing, west to Tigard, or north to Multnomah Village. There are also a lot of things right on Barbur Blvd. just to the north. No cute little business areas, though. It feel much more like you are living in the suburbs than in the city, because it is very quiet and safe with dense trees and hills. One thing that makes this neighborhood special is that Tryon Creek actually lies mostly within this neighborhood. Tryon Creek is a state park, with a visitor center, creek and waterfall, cool stone bridge, and miles of trails, going all the way down to the Willamette River. The neighborhood also includes the Jensen Natural area. While this park is only about 2 acres, it stands out for its quiet setting and beautiful trees.

Parks in Marshall Park Neighborhood

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Marshall park trail map

Marshall Park is 25 acres, created by Tryon Creek as it heads from it’s headwaters in Multnomah, to it’s end at the Willamette River. There are waterfalls, bridges, and a small pool that is full of fish and other aquatic features. And a unique stone bridge that crosses the creek. Heron, songbirds, and other wildlife are all around. The park was formed in 1951 by the Marshall family, who had transformed an abandoned quarry into the beautiful park it is now, and then donated it to the city. There are owls, squirrels, beavers, woodpeckers and all kinds of native animals and plants. Trillium and wildflowers cover the forest floor in early spring, and if you stop and listen, you will hear the sounds of nature, a gurgling creek a woodpecker pecking, a squirrel scrambling up the tree- it is a place to go to reset after the hustle and bustle of everyday life!

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Tryon Creek Trail Map

Tryon Creek State Park is really close to the neighborhood. The park includes hiking trails, a paved bicycle path, and horse trails. The 3-mile bicycle path, going along Terwilliger Boulevard on the east edge of the park to Lake Oswego, is part of the Portland metropolitan area’s system of Greenway trails known as the 40 Mile Loop. Near the main entrance off Terwilliger, part of the parking lot is devoted to horse trailers.You can ride horses on the 2-mile North Horse Loop or the 3-mile West Horse Loop. Hikers can use the bike path, the horse trails, and 8 miles of hiking trails. The paved 0.35-mile Trillium Trail, has drinking fountains and interpretive signs, can accommodate wheelchairs, has benches and two viewing decks. A park building called the Nature Center is near the main park entrance. It has a small play area for toddlers, a gift shop, a large classroom, and a separate area for educational exhibits. Nearby is the Glenn Jackson Shelter, a covered structure for outdoor events.
It is a pretty amazing park.  It starts way up at the top of the SW Hills by Lewis and Clark College, and goes all the way down to Lake Oswego, with beautiful forested trails going the whole way.   My daughter used to take her dog up and down the hill to wear him out!   Once you get to the bottom, you are in downtown Lake Oswego, you can get a coffee, or lunch or even hop on the Willamette Shore Trolley and go into Portland.  Or check out the lake or the Willamette River.

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