I’ve decided that it was time to find places to take the family on a daily basis that involved hikes that lasted an hour or two. For a combination of reason, one to just spend time with the family, two to get some exercise and third was to educate our children. (Everything can be a learning opportunity when you home school your kids)
Today was day one and our goal is to try to visit at least 3 parks a week and today visited Eagle Fern Park in Clackamas County near the town of Eagle Creek. To be honest we were hoping with a name like Eagle Creek and Eagle Fern that we were going to see some eagles. (You know being 4th of July weekend and all) but unfortunately none were to be found.
But, that doesn’t mean we didn’t have fun on our hike and it also doesn’t mean we didn’t learn anything. The kids actually learned a lot and even Samantha and I learned a few things on our hike.
Did you know that a Salmon’s nesting area is about a six giant steps in each direction? That is something we learned today. Love teaching our children as we always seem to learn something also that we didn’t learn in school. You can also so see bat boxes throughout the park, though we didn’t see any we did see the boxes. (I took a picture of this one, only because there were no bats in it, didn’t want to scare them off)
Now starting this year Clackamas County unfortunately decided to have a day fee during the summer months, but I do have to say that this park was amazing well taken care of. The only complaint both my wife and I had with this park is that despite having what looked like campsites available and you could even buy firewood, there was actually no camping at this park.
But, it did have a playground, picnic tables, baseball field, horse shoe pit and volleyball net. Basically they had something for everyone there. Someone was also thinking on this place, the bathrooms are really close to the parking lot and the playground equipment. The kids really enjoyed playing in the creek, though there were some sections of it I wouldn’t let them play in as the water was moving rather fast.
Eagle Fern Park is a rather nice park with two hiking trails, the first about a 1/3 of a mile the other a little over a mile. Neither one was too hard for anyone in my family, my youngest is six and she handled it with ease and actually wanted to keep going. So if you are looking for a great family hike or just a park to play at for the day, I suggest you check out Eagle Fern Park.
Todd Clark (Principal Broker)