Cycle Portland, Sightseeing & Kids Friendly Ride, Champoeg State Park
Champoeg State Park is a cycling destination because of the wonderful bike paths through and around the park. To drive to the park is to miss some of the joy of the journey however. The towns of Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville have made major strides in constructing bike-friendly streets. On the way, you’ll ride through Cook Park in Tualatin before taking Route I-5 across the Tualatin River.
Paved roads with bike lanes or wide shoulders, and some rough bike paths in Champoeg State Park.
Moderate traffic on suburban streets in Beaverton, Route I-5 crossing is multi-lane highway traffic, and finally low-traffic rural roads.
By car, take US 26 west to exit 71A to merge onto SW Canyon Road, turn right onto SW Lombard Avenue to Beaverton Transit Center Tri-Met MAX station. No parking at Beaverton TC. On-street parking within a half mile from the station. Because of the inconvenient parking situation, it is recommended to take public transportation.
By public transportation, take the Red or Blue Tri-Met MAX line west to the Beaverton Transit Center MAX station. Buses #58 and #54 from downtown Portland and the WES commuter rail from Wilsonville.
Food and Drink
At the Beaverton MAX station there is a small snack shack. Along the route there are numerous opportunities for food and drink in Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville.
Cook Park, Durham City Park, Butterfly Garden, and the Butteville General Store.
Travelling through Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville on the way to Butteville is quite comfortable with bike lanes all along the way. There are ample opportunities to stop and rest or refuel as you find necessary. The bike ride will take you on suburban roads and through two parks – Tualatin Community Park where you will find a butterfly garden – before you reach Champoeg State Park. Champoeg State Park is a wonderful mix of history, nature and recreation.
There is much to do beyond bicycling, but cycling is definitely one of the best ways to enjoy all that the park offers. The historic buildings and Pioneer Mothers Log Cabin Museum take you back in time to the days of the Wild West, which you will discover is a short 150 or so years in the past. There are nature walks, bike tours, and programs to learn about how the settlers lived in this area on the south bank of scenic Willamette River. One of the biggest thrills of the bike ride, however, is traversing the Tualatin River via I-5. There being no other bridge, the only way to cross the river is via the I-5 highway. Pick up the on-ramp in Wilsonville and ride one exit south. One more must along this ride is a visit to the Historical Butteville Store, the oldest operating store in the state, founded in 1863. Riding through this community and state park is to truly connect with the earliest days of Oregon history.
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