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Family Day hikes in and around Beaverton, Oregon: Day 1 – Eagle Fern Park (Clackamas, OR)

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)

Beginning of the Eagle Creek trail head

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. 

How large is a Salmon's nesting areaDid 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 Creek (Clackamas, Oregon)

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)
eXp Realty LLC
Comment balloon 10 commentsTodd Clark • November 06 2011 08:37PM


Very nice, indeed!     Love your enthusiasm for your area!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 10 years ago
Hi Todd... I love the shot of the bridge. Bridges are a passion of mine and this one and its surroundings look very special.
Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

What a great way to spend the day with your family Todd! My boys and I used to go to Snow Canyon State Park, find a trail and set off! With water of course!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Looks like a wonderful way to spend a summer day. When my Erin was little she used to love to catch minnows with her hands and often did, but you have to have a lot of patience. Happy 4th!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 10 years ago
Hi Todd, There are some BIG TREES there !!!
Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country ( over 10 years ago


What a great day for you and your family.  I think it is FANTASTIC that you are homeschooling your children.  I did as well. They are all grown now and that is why I decided to go into the business of real estate...

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) over 10 years ago

Sounds like a fabulous day of learning and family fun!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 10 years ago

This was a great little park and really wasn't that far out of Portland. Well worth the trip if you are looking for something to do for the day.

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Todd, I love it. As Steve does, I have an affinity for bridges and hiking. This is a wonderful way to build strength of family and education and the video is fun! Thank you for this contribution to Diary!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 9 years ago

Hi Todd -

You are teaching / showing your kids much about life, morals, Mother Nature and family ties.  You will never regret the time spent with your little ones and the loving education they are being taught 24 /7.

Best regards from the Q

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) almost 9 years ago

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