Sites with reservable shelters are indicated below. Shelters may be reserved over the phone with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover.
Note: Picnic shelter reservations are taken starting in January for the same year. 2019 reservation dates are April 13 - October 13.
Any individual or organization offering a registration or fee based activity or program must have department approval prior to using City of Hillsboro parks or facilities.
Orenco Woods Nature ParkAmenities:
- Natural Areas
- Paved Paths
- Picnic Area
- Picnic Shelter
- Public Art
- Reservable Areas
- Walking Trail
- Hillsboro Park
- Parks & Recreation
Plan Your Visit
Orenco Woods Nature Park is a partnership between the City of Hillsboro and Metro in preserving one of the largest remaining open spaces along the Rock Creek Greenway corridor. The 42-acre park features a scenic blend of rolling landscape, open meadows, riparian habitat and forested areas for a variety of birds and wildlife. A network of looped trails and bridges weave their way through the site providing visitors with a variety of experiences. A segment of the Rock Creek Trail runs through the park connecting to Orchard Park and to the Rock Creek Trailhead at Rock Creek Boulevard just north of Highway 26. Over a century ago, Orenco Woods was part of the Oregon Nursery Company (ORE-gon, N-ursery, CO-ompany), the largest nursery on the west coast and best known for Orenco apples.
Orenco Woods offers a nature themed playground that includes elements such as a stream channel with water pumps and sand areas, logs, a large net climber and swings. A covered picnic shelter is available for rental.
Bicycles and on-leash dogs are allowed on the paved trails, but not on the habitat trails (wood chip and gravel). Dogs can damage sensitive habitats and threaten the plants and wildlife we're trying to protect. Birds and other animals think of dogs (even the friendliest ones) as predators. Animals have keen senses of sight, smell and hearing and a dog, even on a leash will disrupt their normal behaviors. Also, people see more wildlife in natural areas where dogs are not allowed.
The historic McDonald House is located within Orenco Woods Nature Park. Malcolm McDonald, co-founder of the Oregon Nursery Company, built his house on the property in 1910. The jewel of Orenco, the company town that supported the nursery, the house has long been used as a community gathering place. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is no timeline set for restoration.
Seeds of Orenco
The Oregon Nursery Company introduced the Orenco Apple, a high-quality dessert apple, to the market. Dating to around 1840, the apple is prized for its tender, crisp and juicy flesh and sweet, piquant flavor. The Seeds of Orenco apple sculpture memorializes that association with the Oregon Nursery Company and this historic land.
The park has a large parking lot with accessible parking spaces.
Paths are paved and nature trails are wood chips and crushed gravel.
There are benches throughout the park along the path and next to the play area.
The surface of the picnic shelter is fully paved, has accessible picnic tables and is available for rental.
|Nature Play Area
Play area incorporates the surrounding landscape and vegetation to bring nature to children's outdoor play.
The park has a permanent, accessible restroom facility.