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Beaverton

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • Pedestrian bridge on the north end of the Fanno Creek Trail just east of Highway 217.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Trailhead and parking area off of Denney Road.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Fanno Creek Trail at Fanno Creek Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Fanno Creek Trail at Fanno Creek Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Fanno Creek Trail.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Fanno Creek Trail at Greenway Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Exercise area at Greenway Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • One of a handful of playgrounds at Greenway Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Wetlands along Fanno Creek at Greenway Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Wetlands along Fanno Creek at Greenway Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Pedestrian bridge over Fanno Creek at Greenway Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Large wetland that has permanently flooded a central portion of Greenway Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Greenway Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Fanno Creek Trail at Greenway Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Basketball courts on the south side of Greenway Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • Fanno Creek Trail on the southern end of Greenway Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
  • One of a handful of playgrounds at Greenway Park.- Greenway Park + Fanno Creek Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Urban natural wetland. 4.5-mile ADA-accessible trail. Disc golf course. Six playgrounds along the trail route.
Cons: 
No restrooms. Parts of the trail are flooded year round.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Located alongside Highway 217 just south of Beaverton, Fanno Creek meanders its way from Portland's Raleigh Hills southward toward the Tualatin River, a tributary of the Willamette River.

Over the years, the Tualatin Hill Parks and Recreation District has carefully developed the Fanno Creek Regional Trail, a 4.5-mile paved thoroughfare on the city's west side that is popular with joggers, bicyclists, skaters, hikers and bird watchers alike. The trail and creek pass through Greenway Park, an 87-acre preserve of wetland, woodland and landscaped recreational areas. Amenities along the trail and in the park include basketball and tennis courts, a soccer field, a baseball field, six evenly distributed playgrounds, a 9-hole disc golf course, an exercise area, and numerous pedestrian bridges.

According to Virginia Mapes, author of Chakeipi, The Place of the Beaver: The History of Beaverton, Oregon, 1893-1993,

August Fanno arrived in Oregon in 1846. Soon after, his wife and newborn child died in Linn City (a former town across the Willamette River from Oregon City). Fanno left Linn City, following an Indian trail into the Tualatin Plains, where he claimed land on a creek (now Fanno Creek). The trail Fanno followed later became known as the Astoria-Military Road. He chose his claim's location so he could sell produce to travelers on the trail. His first home, made of logs, was built in 1851; the current home, reflecting his agricultural success, was built in 1857. Fanno was a pioneer onion grower in the Tualatin Valley; at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, he was proclaimed the "Onion King." The Fanno family farmed onions along the creek until about 1940 when onion maggots decimated their crops.

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