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Mary S. Young State Recreation Area

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • Entrance to Mary S. Young State Recreation Area.- Mary S. Young State Recreation Area
  • Plenty of parking.- Mary S. Young State Recreation Area
  • Baseball fields across from the parking lot at Mary S. Young State Recreation Area.- Mary S. Young State Recreation Area
  • Large off-leash dog park.- Mary S. Young State Recreation Area
  • Bridge leading onto Cedar Island. This bridge does move around from year to year due to the storms.- Mary S. Young State Recreation Area
  • Walking along the Willamette River.- Mary S. Young State Recreation Area
  • Willamette River from Mary S. Young State Recreation Area.- Mary S. Young State Recreation Area
  • One of the trails at Mary S. Young State Recreation Area.- Mary S. Young State Recreation Area
  • There are a number of small creeks in the area.- Mary S. Young State Recreation Area
  • Mary S. Young trail system.- Mary S. Young State Recreation Area
  • Sheltered picnic area. There are many picnic tables, but some are incredibly old and mossy.- Mary S. Young State Recreation Area
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Pros: 
Large off-leash dog park. Access to the Willamette River.
Cons: 
Trails are not well marked.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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The Mary S. Young State Recreation Area is a state park located in West Linn alongside the Willamette River. It offers over 5 miles of hiking trails, lots of picnic tables, bird watching, fishing, sports fields and a large off-leash dog park. Between the popular dog park and the short hike to the river, your dog will find something fun to do. Some paved trails in the area are popular with road cyclists, and a short network of dirt trails is available for off-road bikes.  There is ample parking in the area, though the sports fields can be busy on the weekends and the parking lot can fill quickly. 

Finding the river can be a little confusing at first because the trails are not well marked, though a 10-minute walk in the river's general direction should suffice.  The trails are heavily wooded and offer some solace on hot days.  Once at the river, head north for the bridge to Cedar Island.  It takes about 30 minutes to walk around the island, but keep in mind that the east side of the island is river rock and doesn't make for a very comfortable or easy walk. 

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