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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Marquam Nature Park
Marquam Nature Park
Marquam Nature Park
SW Marquam St & Sam Jackson Park Rd Locate this site in PortlandMaps

General Info
Acreage: 178.25
Acquired in 1979

Amenities
Includes natural area, paths – paved, and trails – hiking.
Natural Area Paths – Paved Trails – Hiking

Special Information
Park hours: 5:00am-midnight

Marquam Nature Park includes a portion of the Marquam Trail, a linear trail and connection in the 40-mile Loop system, that starts at Willamette Park, passes over Council Crest, and connects with the Wildwood Trail in Washington Park. This natural area park supports an abundance of native plant species, and contains many trails that wind around Marquam Hill, through trees such as Douglas fir, western hemlock, red cedar, and bigleaf maples. There is a shelter with interpretive displays and maps near the entrance.

Program Information
This park is maintained with the volunteer assistance of the Friends of Marquam Nature Park.

Historical Information
Philip A. Marquam, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, came to Portland via California in 1851. He practiced law and invested in real estate, including the Fulton District, Marquam Hill, and what is now part of Riverview Cemetery. He became a judge in 1862 and a state legislator in 1882. According to The Oregonian on April 2, 1934, Marquam was "one of Portland's picturesque pioneers, prominent in the legal, economic, sporting, educational, and theatrical history of Portland."