The Springwater Corridor is more than 20 miles long, developed from what was a rail-service corridor in the early 20th century. At its peak in 1910, this rail-line turned biking/hiking/horse trail once carried 16,000 passengers each year over 161 miles of rail. To become what it is today, a majority of the Springwater Corridor was acquired by the City of Portland in 1990, the initial Portland segment of the trail was completed in 1996, and it has continued to evolve ever since.
Over more than 20 miles of trail, the Springwater Corridor connects several parks and open spaces. Sellwood Riverfront Park, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Tideman Johnson City Park and Natural Area, Beggars-tick Wildlife Refuge, the I-205 Bike Path, Leach Botanical Garden, Powell Butte Nature Park, Gresham's Main City Park and the Boring Trailhead Station Park are all located along the path. You'll also find amenities such as restrooms, picnic tables, and vista points provided at each park that is connected to the trail.
With a few exceptions, the Springwater Corridor stays away from heavily used public roads. Especially on the trail east of Sellwood, the route is scenic and mostly surrounded by agricultural fields, buttes, pastures, neighborhoods, and wetlands. Also, the Springwater Corridor is intertwined with Johnson Creek, which is one of the last free-flowing streams in Portland's urban area. The trail crisscrosses the stream with at least 10 trail bridges.