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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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River View Natural Area trail
Aerial view of River View Natural Area
River View Natural Area
SW Palatine Hill Road and SW Brugger Street Locate this site in PortlandMaps

General Info
Acreage: 146.06
Acquired in 2011

Includes natural area, no dogs allowed, and trails - hiking.
Natural Area Trails - Hiking

Related Information
River View Master Plan sm.pdf (PDF Document, 21,014.0 Kb)
Management Plan for River View Natural Area

Historical Information
The River View Natural Area (RVNA) is a 146-acre forested parcel connecting Forest Park to the north, Tryon State Natural Area to the south, and the Willamette River to the east. It is nestled between SW Macadam Ave and SW Terwilliger Blvd in southwest Portland. RVNA has significant ecological value - 7 streams, 130 plant species, 31 mammal species, and 74 avian species have been documented within this natural area. It comprises about half of the forest canopy in the 350-acre River View subwatershed of the Lower Willamette Watershed.

Under private ownership until 2011, the RVNA was logged in the 1800s and 1950s and subjected to vegetative neglect over the next 60 years. In July 2011, the City of Portland, in partnership with Metro and Trust for Public Land, acquired the property. It is one of the largest single natural area acquisitions in the City’s history.