Tuck the Nature Passport into your camera bag for an easy guide to all-things wildlife in the Tualatin Valley. Knowing what flora and fauna makes each park and refuge its home will help your camera focus on the right subjects—and aid in capturing beautiful photos for the Focus on Autumn Nature Photo Contest. Who knows? Your picture could win you a prize package of pro-photography loot worth $2,500!
This week, we’re zooming into Rood Bridge Park & Rhododendron Garden. As the largest and most diverse park in Hillsboro, Rood Bridge Park is an oasis for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, gardeners and photographers alike. The 61 acres of walking paths weave through wetlands adjacent to the Tualatin River—home to happy ducks and western pond turtles—and enchanting wooded areas—the perfect resting grounds for pacific dogwood and native wildflowers.
And then, of course, there are the rhododendrons. While we’ll have to wait until spring for the big, bold colors of their bloom, rhododendron leaves are evergreen, creating an ever-lush visitor experience in the garden.
If you’re more of an adventurer than a wanderer, then make Rood Bridge Park the launching pad for your next on-the-go photography mission as there is boat access to the Tualatin River and the entry point to the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway!
Rood Bridge Park
Location: 4000 SE Rood Bridge Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Phone: (503) 681-6120
Hours: Dawn to dusk daily
Past Nature Passport Blog Posts:
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Cooper Mountain Nature Park
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Loop
L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park
Magness Memorial Tree Farm
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