History, Parks, and More…
East Multnomah County is rich in interesting shopping and a variety of points of interest, and most is available from the seat of a bicycle. From the roads of East Multnomah, you’ll see beautiful farms, historical monuments, inviting parks and, of course, plenty of shopping!
Columbia Gorge Outlets
Conveniently located just 15 minutes east of Portland and Portland International Airport, Columbia Gorge Outlets is situated directly off Interstate 84, Exit 17 in Troutdale, OR. Columbia Gorge Outlets features a fabulous selection of brand name outlet stores including Adidas, Carter’s, Coach & Coach Men’s, Eddie Bauer Outlet, G. H. Bass & Company, Gap Outlet, Harry & David, Loft Outlet, Pendleton, Samsonite, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, and more — all tax-free!
A unique village setting with over 50 carefully selected stores and restaurants makes Gresham Station the premier shopping destination for tourists and locals alike. With a perfect balance of landmark stores, boutiques, specialty shops, and salons — you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Wide, tree-lined walk ways, ample parking, and bicycle racks throughout, freeing you to enjoy quality time with your friends and family at Gresham Station.
Historic Downtown Gresham
The Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association is dedicated to creating a positive image while promoting and stimulating economic success for Gresham, OR. The association represents businesses and services in Gresham. They’re a great resource for shopping options such as used books, unique board games, custom-roasted coffee beans, authentic Mexican food, while investing in our community.
Rip Caswell Gallery
Located in downtown Troutdale, OR, Rip Caswell Bronze Sculptures is both a bronze sculpture studio and an art gallery that offers extraordinary original bronze artwork and museum-quality fine art of all mediums from the Pacific Northwest’s top artists. Artwork includes paintings, pottery, jewelry, and more. Sculptor, Rip Caswell, specializes in nature inspired wildlife and true-to-life figurative bronze sculpture, and is renowned for his ability to capture the spirit and essence of his subjects.
Soderberg Gallery and Studio
As one of the first women to own a bronze foundry in the United States, Heather Söderberg’s sculptures have earned her regional and worldwide attention. Come visit her the next time you are in beautiful Cascade Locks, Oregon.
Bithell Farms is located in the lush rolling hills of Boring, OR. The mild, moist climate is ideal for growing the best tasting berries in the world. On the farm there are strawberries, blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries, raspberries, and loganberries. By controlling their own growing, planting, packing, and delivery they are able to bring you the highest quality fruit and fruit jams.
The Fujii family has been farming along the Columbia River in Troutdale, Oregon since 1943 providing the west coast with some of Oregon’s finest berries. The third generation farm is carried on by Ray Fujii raising 150 acres of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. During berry season, ride on up to their fruit stand on Troutdale Road for their delicious strawberries.
J. Frank Schmidt Nursery
J. Frank Schmidt Nursery is a wholesale nursery in the tranquil rolling hills of Boring, OR. Surrounded by other nurseries, one can become lost in the serene beauty of red maple trees, and hundreds of patented one-of-a-kind trees. Because of this nursery’s stunning beauty and the must-see arboretum, Frank Schmidt Nursery is a destination spot for weddings.
It is the attention to quality produce that draws locals and out of towners alike to Giusto Farms. With much of their crop being picked and then placed into produce stand bins the same day, people keep coming back year after year to make a connection with the farmer whose hard labor and products of the earth they are purchasing.
Old McDonald’s Farm
Old McDonald’s Farm is the only nonprofit organization in Oregon that effectively combines animals, agriculture, gardens and natural resources to provide an educational enrichment program for all children, including at-risk children, in a safe and secure farm setting. Old McDonald’s Farm is located on a 68-acre commercial raspberry farm in Corbett, OR.
Rainbow Trout Farm
When’s the last time your family went fishing? Well then, why not go today? It’s easy, fun, and quick at Rainbow Trout Farm. Watch the excitement on your kids’ faces when they land their first fish. Rekindle your own memories when you feel that plump, juicy Rainbow Trout tugging on your hook! Make it a mini-holiday on Rainbow Trout Farm’s 30 acres of trees, meadows, 2,000 rhododendrons, and ten beautifully landscaped fishing holes brimming with Rainbow Trout!
Beggars-Tick Wildlife Refuge
Beggars-Tick Wildlife Refuge is one of the most pristine wetlands in the Portland metro area. The refuge harbors a diversity of native, relatively undisturbed plant communities, which in turn support varied wildlife. The refuge can be accessed year round. Paths are unpaved.
Blue Lake Park
Rent a boat, cast a line, or go for a swim in Blue Lake, a natural lake fed by underground springs. You can also explore a nature-themed playground, a ‘spray ground,’ a discovery garden, sports facilities and a wetland with a viewing platform, and paved trails. Don’t miss the gold-level disc golf course. Blue Lake Park also offers indoor and outdoor options for weddings.
Bridal Veil Falls
Beautiful Bridal Veil Falls is an elegant and graceful lady that can be fully appreciated from the deck of a viewing platform rebuilt in 1996. The creek hustles down from the top of nearby Larch Mountain, tumbles over the cliff and eventually flows into the mighty Columbia River. No visit to the Columbia Gorge should be considered complete without a tour of the area of Bridal Veil and a visit to Bridal Veil Falls State Park.
Chinook Landing Marine Park
Chinook Landing Marine Park is a 67-acre marine park with six boat launching lanes on the Columbia River. It is one of the largest public boating facilities in Oregon. The park offers picnic and viewing areas, wetland and wildlife habitat, disabled-accessible docks, restrooms and a seasonal river patrol station. Bring your annual pass for admission to the marine park or pay $5 per vehicle.
Glenn Otto City Park
Popular park in Troutdale, OR. Glenn Otto State Park is a 6.38-acre park featuring a swimming beach on the Sandy River, forest trails, picnic shelters, and a playground.
Gradin Sports Park
Gradin Sports Park offers two fenced and irrigated soccer fields, two fenced and irrigated softball fields, an arboretum, paved parking for 220 cars, drinking fountains, bike parking, handicap accessibility and restrooms. Come on out to the ball field!
Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza
Located conveniently in the heart of Historic Downtown Gresham and 20 minutes from downtown Portland, the plaza is a showcase for the arts and a wonderful place for the community to come together. Ample on-street parking and easy access to public transit makes the Center for the Arts Plaza easy to access. The City’s Children’s Fountain (pictured here) is located at the plaza and in the summer the Center for the Arts Foundation hosts Music Mondays.
Gresham Main City Park
In the heart of Historic Downtown Gresham, Main City Park connects the Springwater Corridor Trail with downtown Gresham businesses. Enjoy the kid’s park, skate park, off-leash dog area, or just relax on the wide expanse of grass that makes up this beautiful park. And don’t forget to tour Tsuru Island, Gresham’s own Japanese garden.
Larch Mountain is located in East Multnomah County of Oregon, west of Portland, above the Columbia River Gorge. Although it has an elevation of 4,061 feet its prominence above the surrounding terrain is only 975 feet. The summit of the mountain is accessible by Larch Mountain Road between May and November. Hiking, biking, and exploring are all in abundance on Larch Mountain.
Along the Columbia River Highway, this park is often uncrowded even on the best days because of its seclusion. A gently sloping grassy hill dotted with Port Orford cedars, Douglas Firs, Alders, and Maples invites frisbee tossing and quiet relaxation.
Lewis & Clark State Park
Located in Troutdale, OR, Lewis & Clark State Park appropriately honors its legendary namesakes who camped and explored here in 1805. One of the most popular swimming spots on the Sandy River is adjacent to the park, as well as a public boat launch. A trail climbs the cliffs to Broughton’s Bluff, which serves as a geologic boundary between the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and the neighboring Willamette Valley to the west.
Marine Park welcomes thousands of visitors each year for sailing, fishing, camping, picnicking, and special events. Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge. Park amenities include free parking, a children’s playground, open lawns, picnic tables, public restrooms, beach, boat ramp, and marina.
Directly off Historic Columbia River Hwy, this 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease. Multnomah Falls is as magnificent and memorable as any in the country. Located 30 minutes from Troutdale and Gresham, OR, visiting Multnomah Falls is easy. From the parking area off of I-84, a 5-minute walk is all that separates you from the exhilarating spray at the base of the falls.
Oxbow Regional Park
Oxbow Regional Park is a 1,000-acre natural area located ten miles southeast of Troutdale along the Sandy River. Owned and operated by Metro regional government, provides a perfect launch point for swimming, kayaking, rafting or fishing in the majestic Sandy River. Explore the 15 miles of trails through Oxbow’s ancient forests. There is a parking fee of $5 per car.
Powell Butte Nature Park
A 616-acre open space park with spectacular views of the surrounding area and view of five mountains. The top of the butte is open meadow, with stands of old orchards and forested slopes below. The park is perfect for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, and observing wildlife.
Gresham Historical Museum
The Gresham Historical Society was founded in 1976 by a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving and maintaining the historic Carnegie Library Building for research, collection, preservation, protection, and public display of artifacts, pictures, and documents relevant to the history of the area. Built in 1913 in Historical Downtown Gresham, with a grant from Andrew Carnegie, the building served as Gresham’s public library for over seventy years. Renovations in 2012 restored the old library to its original appearance, and it looks today much as it did a century ago.
Historic Edgefield, built in 1911 as the county poor farm, is a destination resort in the Pacific Northwest that blends Oregon’s natural beauty with McMenamins’ signature whimsy: original buildings carefully restored with cozy interiors, gardens grown using organic methods, great food and drink, live entertainment, and more.
Encompassing a 74-acre parcel of farmland at the mouth of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, McMenamins Edgefield is a 20-minute drive to or from the center of downtown Portland and about 15 minutes from Portland International Airport.
Scenic State Park
Millions of visitors driving from Portland, through East Multnomah and to the Columbia River Gorge don’t realize the full impact of its beauty until they come around the bend near Corbett at exit 22 and see the famous building on the top of the cliff to the right. This is Crown Point and the building is the Vista House.
The Vista House was built in 1916 at the same time as the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway. The building was designed to be a place of refreshment and enjoyment of the Columbia Gorge. The octagonal building with its green ceramic tile roof houses a museum, gift shop, and interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge.
Troutdale Historical Society Museum
Harlow House was built in 1900 on what was known as the ”Harlow Farm” by Fred E. Harlow, son of Capt. John Harlow, Troutdale’s founder.
Originally a sea captain from Maine, Capt. Harlow was a Portland businessman who came to the Sandy River to establish a country farm. He named his place Troutdale because of the fish ponds he built near the cliff. When the railroad was built from Portland through the Columbia River Gorge in 1882 he convinced them to establish a depot, which took the name of the farm. Today, the Troutdale Historical Society Museum is housed inside Harlow House.
Zimmerman House Museum
Thousands of artifacts fill the many rooms of the Zimmerman House. Operated by East County Historical Organization, this is a delightful, turn-of-the-century farmhouse, situated in Gresham, OR. The farmis located on 5.98 acres, and the historic Zimmerman House sits on 1.58 acres of this historical property. On June 5, 1986 the museum was listed on the National Register of Historic places.
Glendoveer Golf & Tennis
Glendoveer Golf & Tennis is a 36-hole daily fee golf facility with four indoor tennis courts, an 18-hole FootGolf course, and a covered, heated and lit driving range located in Portland, Oregon. Glendoveer has a fully stocked golf and tennis Pro Shop in the clubhouse along with an outdoor patio and seating area.
Gresham Golf Course
Gresham Golf Course is a 18-hole daily fee golf facility in the center of a neighborhood. The golf course is flat with wide fairways, a few tricky water approach shots in a casual setting. After you come off hole 18, head over to Kelly Creek Sports Bar & Grill for a full menu, complete bar, and outdoor seating.
Mt. Hood Aquatic Center
Mt. Hood Aquatic Center consists of an indoor natatorium which includes a 25 yd. 6 lane competitive pool, an instructional pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and locker rooms with showers. Their outdoor swimming pool is an Olympic size 50-meter pool with depths ranging from 6 ft to 17 ft. Whether you’re looking for a place to swim laps, take a water exercise class, swim lessons or enjoy a swim — there’s something for everyone at the aquatic center.
Mt. Hood Lanes
Mt. Hood Lanes is a great place to have fun times with family and friends. When not bowling they also have a Game Room area for the kids with pool tables and a Lounge area for adults to spend their time. For night time fun they offer COOL Cosmic Bowling. When looking for family entertainment in Gresham look no further than Mt. Hood Lanes .
If you want to experience the area on bike or maybe by taking a hike, here are some reputable touring companies in our area. Consider a Stay in East Multnomah
East Multnomah is known for its farms, orchards, nurseries, vineyards, and more. Visit our Farmers Markets in season to sample the rich bounty.
Use Mass Transit
East Multnomah County is served by a very robust, bike-friendly mass transit system, from planes, light rail, to buses.
Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
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Gresham, OR 97030
About East Multnomah Cycling Hub
The East Multnomah Cycling Hub encompasses the cities of Gresham, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, and the rural communities of Springdale and Corbett. Only a 20-minute commute from downtown Portland, East Multnomah County feels a thousand miles away, and offers incredible resources for biking and cycling, including miles of road biking and bike trails.
Here, you can become immersed in the world of the Cascades, smitten by green pastures and rolling farmland, or awed by the primordial forces that carved the Gorge and forged the landscape. Here, we work to sustain our nature so the generations that follow can appreciate what drew us here too. If you’re interested in biking and cycling on the road or on bike trails, come on out!