West Linn Things to Do
West Linn Network of Neighborhood Trails
West Linn has developed a number of neighborhood trails that lead throughout the community. Some of them are fairly scenic, while others are next to highways and considerably less scenic.
The trails are marked by small signs that are generally not easy to see except if you are walking or riding a bike.
Several highlight trails include those in Mary S. Young State Park and the trail between Mary S. Young state park and Lake Oswego (though that trail is not particulary well marked and isn't much of a trail until it gets into Lake Oswego).
Probably the best starting point for the trails in general (and there are quite a few) is Mary S. Young State Park, which has some interesting trails of its own.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Art in the Forest Arts Festival
At one time, West Linn just had one fairly low level artist event, but today there are two of them. One of them is Art in the Forest, in which the forested area along the parking lot of Mary S. Young State Park is turned into an artist market, with some musical performances and a few other performances - usually at least one performance by the A-WOL aerial dance team.
This event happens in mid-August, and due to the heat a shaded spot was required. Thus, the forested area of the state park.
Watch the city of West Linn web site for information, or the web site operated by the West Linn Tidings newspaper as August approaches.
The official web site for the event is listed below, which is probably the best web site to watch, however.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Willamette Falls Locks Museum
Operated as part of the Willamette Falls Locks, this little museum describes some of the significant history of the locks, and shows historical photos and objects from the locks 135 years of operation.
Unfortunately, since commercial traffic has vanished from the locks, the budget for operating the museum and the entire facility has been severely cut back. Therefore, the museum and the locks displays (not to mention the locks themselves) are now operated on a true shoe string budget.
The museum is located as far as you can get from the entrance to the locks, and is located along a narrow walkway between a paper mill warehouse and the locks. Look for the sign on the side of the building that indicates that it is the museum.
Exhibits are located on both the first and second floor of the museum, which is truly operated as a labor of love right now by those interested in preserving the history of the area. From the second floor it is possible to get a somewhat different perspective of the locks than from ground level right next to the locks.
The museum is not open during the winter months.
The web site below is for the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation, which is the best organization to contact with the latest information about what is going on at the falls and the locks.Related to:
- Historical Travel
West Linn Off The Beaten Path
Fields Bridge Park
This park is located along the Tualatin River, somewhat upstream from where it enters the Willamette River. The park includes a paved trail through semi-wild areas along the river.
There are covered observation decks near the river as well.
There is also a baseball diamond and a very well equipped playground.
There is some occasional small wildlife that visits the park, but mostly the attraction here would be to either let your children have a chance to run around, or have a nice quiet place to have a picnic (the only busy road nearby really isn't that busy, and in a number of places is protected from the road by trees).
The majority of the park was developed in 2006, and appeared extremely quickly.
Access to the park from I-205 is either from the Stafford Road Exit or the Willamette exit. The address is 821 Willamette Falls Drive, West Linn, OR 97068. The nearest bus route is #154 Willamette District. They have installed a sidewalk on the north side of Willamette Falls drive between the closest bus stop and the eastern edge of this park, where it is possible to take the paved pathway that goes into the park but located on the opposite side of Willamette Falls Drive. Be careful crossing Willamette Falls Drive as it is a very busy road and traffic moves fast with no expectation that anyone would use the crosswalk between the park and the end of the sidewalk.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking