Tryon Creek

Tryon is a natural refuge with a focus on water and wildlife, so these are some initial ideas for actions under the park plan:

  • Protect native plant communities and wildlife, restoring them wherever needed.
  • Control invasive plants identifying funding requirements and timelines
  • Stream restoration plan
  • Assess trail use and disturbance to wildlife and consider mitigation

This natural character can lead to enjoyable experiences:

  • Natural Play site/design and program
  • Provide additional interpretive support
  • Develop linkages with Lewis and Clark environmental studies program

Some experiences are purely recreational, and part of healthy lifestyle:

  • Trail management plan with regional connections and maintenance standards
  • Park sign plan
  • Reiterate trail solution across Boones Farm Road
  • Improve entry way, arrival sequence, and parking /transit support
  • Building changes (Consider exhibit plan for Nature Center)?

And some experiences are a mixture of tradition and recreation:

  • Abbott property use/access
  • Development of “Park” cabin area as outdoor skills/camping experience that ties to the Park Family Story

The park and area history are also important:

  • Preserve or Stabilize Abbott properties
  • Consider traditional community activities for events in the park

And finally, the park has a role to play in the community:

  • Consider joint projects between the park, Tryon Creek Watershed Council and others

7 thoughts on “Tryon Creek

  1. Tryon Creek is such a rare jewel and we are so fortunate so many people have had the foresight to love it and preserve it! One thing I have noticed is that the sign on Hwy 43 pointing to Tryon Creek is kind of small, and there is no sign before the intersection to warn drivers that the turn is coming up. The sign is very tastefully made but not very easy to see. Perhaps signs before Terwilliger would be helpful? Also, the entrance into the park could be a bit wider and the parking situation is limited at best. Please consider these issues so that users who are new to the park can find it easier, and those who do visit can park legally and safely.

  2. As an equestrian rider I would love to have EASY and SAFE access to another park. I have been told that parking is limited at Tyron ,which is very sad. This leaves out many park users that would support and enjoy using this park….such as myself. I have consider taking the trip to Tyron on many an occasion but what stops me is is the fear I may not find available parking for my truck and trailer which is expensive enough to drive as it is without taking a trip to a destination only to find I have to go elsewhere.I certain would love it if the parking were enlarged so I could also enjoy the park. McIver Park is a great example to go on with it’s large parking area,the roundpen to warm up in,available well water,2 mounting areas( one standard and one with wheelchair access) and a shaded area to picinic at the parking area as well as on the trail near the bat barn.It is well maintained and I am certain the O.E.T. would be just as supportive of Tyron as it has been for McIver for maintaining trails.
    Rhonda White

  3. I am sorry I am unable to attend the meeting. Tryon is and has been for many years, a wonderful place to ride. The all season trails and really lovely woods are an unbeatable combination. Parking is the only major problem.

    I truly fear driving the 40 minutes only to find the equestrian lot already full of trailers or more likely individual cars parked such that several truck and trailer combos simply can’t fit. I wouldn’t even try to come on a weekend. The lot is labeled “equestrian” but there is little else to discourage random parking there in spite of a large paved car lot just to the other side of the entrance road.

    Also, there are no bathroom facilities. The horse people can use their trailers in a pinch, but for a spot with so much public contact including lots of children, I think even a simple one (porta potty type) in the parking area, would get a lot of use.

    The Hardy Creek trail head out of Molalla has a donation box – perhaps that would be worth a try?

    I hope to be out there riding again soon! But for now will avoid lunchtime (lots of people seem to go there to eat in their cars) and especially nice winter days as it is a long way to go, to not be able to actually get there. Thank you.

  4. Natural Resources and Invasive Species control should be a major component of this plan. This park has high ecological significance for the Portland Metro area but is heavily infested by Holly, Ivy, and many other non native species. If not properly managed it will become a waist land of weeds decreasing it’s ecological value over time. An integrated approach to weed management should be developed. The use of herbicides should be considered for the management of Ivy. Metro and the City of Portland have undertaken large scale Ivy removal projects such as this with great success. The state should consult with those partners to develop a solid restoration plan.

    An increase in funding for natural area maintenance would need to be prioritized. I support this fully. So often those areas outside of the main “people” facilities get neglected.

  5. I am saddened to hear that it is possible that Tryon Creek may lose its equestrian facilities. There are only a few public parks open to equestrian users in the greater Portland area, and Tryon is the most centrally located. It has a been a nice choice for meeting up with riding friends. It would be a shame to lose this option.

  6. Equestrian use in Tryon Creek’s is mired in its long history; even historical photos displayed on the premises show this. It seems the only ones wanting to close the park to equestrian use is State park management, no other outside groups have come forward to suggesting this. The question that has not been answered is what is the real reason upper park management is suggesting we close it to equestrians. Currently equestrians have already agreed to restricted use, they are only allowed on some trails, not all like other groups and in the small parking lot.
    Over the years the trail bed on the equestrian trail has had gravel applied by equestrians and has mixed with falling leaves and pine needles, making a very durable surface for equestrians even in the winter months, make this a desirable destination. The previous work by equestrians has made it much easier to maintain these trails, by both reducing material costs and park man power. Other winter riding Trails without this attention quickly turn in to a muddy mess making them undesirable.
    During this planning process, park management has communicated the improvements that will be coming to enhance the park for all other current user groups, but for equestrian we are seeing no real improvements, only plans to close access. Equestrians have not been asking for more access but to maintain the same access we already enjoy.
    I want to go on record I object to the closer of equestrian use at Tryon Creek. See more comments at and
    Equestrians have always worked with Park Management to address any and all equestrian issues. I wish the Upper park management would come clean and tell us the real reason they want to close Tryon Creek to equestrian use, so we may be able to address them directly.

  7. I have heard far to often how nice Tryon is to ride at … but as an equestrian that would have to haul out and travel no less than 1/2hr to get there I have been sadly deterred by the overwhelming reports regarding the poor parking and lack of care to reserve those spaces by non -equestrian users.So far all I have managed to do is drive by and admire from a distance. So sad when you consider how much the majority of those same non equestrian users appreciate the unique sight of a horse coming down the trail. It has always been my pleasure to stop and allow a nose to be petted.I ride a BLM mustang off of our Oregon range and it also becomes an opportunity to educate folks on their plight… people absolutely love it! The children… our next generation… get to experience something they would not otherwise experience. Our equestrian spaces need to be preserved for them in the same way that we preserve areas for hiking. I enjoy trails at McIver, Powell Butte, Sandy Delta, and even on an occasion Oxbow ( another difficult to access park.) Mc Iver is the only park that has truly made accommodations for the equestrian via an equestrian parking lot. The Sandy Delta has made improvements, is easy to maneuver thru… but sadly the trailer spaces are often times filled up and anyone going there with a trailer takes a high risk of spending time and fuel getting there just to find those spaces filled. It is my hope that our parks will be preserved for ALL users… not just the few!

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