No matter what home buyers are looking for in Oregon real estate, Clackamas County has it! The county truly offers the best of all worlds. From the bustling metropolitan areas in the northwest to the rural areas in the south and east, there is a wide variety of communities available throughout the county. All the amenities of Portland and the stunning natural beauty of Mt. Hood National Forest are all within driving distance for Clackamas residents. Within the county, there are top ranked school districts, beautiful park facilities, excellent medical facilities, and so much more.
Parks and Recreation in Clackamas County
Clackamas County is filled with incredible recreational facilities to be enjoyed all year round. No matter how you love to spend time outdoors, you will find it within the county. Along with municipal parks and recreation districts, there are two county districts that operate parks facilities in the region. Clackamas County Parks manages 13 parks and facilities throughout the entire county. These facilities have hiking and bike trails, camping, fishing, boating, and more. The North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District serves the northern part of the county and manages numerous parks, natural areas, and miles of trails that are loved by county residents. Some of the favorite spots are Hood View Sports Complex (16223 Southeast Stadium Way, Happy Valley), Mount Talbert Nature Park (10945 Southeast Mather Road, Clackamas), North Clackamas Aquatic Park (7300 Southeast Harmony Road, Milwaukie), and Trolley Trail (Milwaukie). Clackamas County is located right next to the most stunning natural feature in Oregon: Mt. Hood! It’s easy to stay active and enjoy the great outdoors year round in Mt. Hood National Forest. During the winter, the forest can be utilized for skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, mushing, snowmobiling, and sledding/tubing. Bicycling, camping, climbing, fishing, hiking, hunting, nature viewing, OHV riding, and watersports are available in the warmer months of the year.
Plenty of time can be spent horseback riding throughout Clackamas County. Whether in the more urban areas or out in the countryside, there are great facilities for equestrian lovers to use, including:
Milo McIver State Park (24101 South Entrance Road, Estacada) has many equestrian trails.
Molalla River Recreation Corridor (32899 South Molalla Forest Road, Molalla) offers miles of horseback trails.
Paget Creek Trail at Tyron Creek State Park (Lake Oswego) has 3.5 miles of horse trails.
Riley Horse Campground (Zigzag) has 14 equestrian designed campsites and many trails for use.
Table Rock Wilderness (Molalla) offers 16 miles of trails.
Education in Clackamas County
Children in Clackamas County are provided an excellent K-12 education through 10 area public school districts. For more information on the schools within these districts, please click on the links below.
Canby School District #86 | 1130 South Ivy Street, Canby
Colton School District #53 | 30429 South Grays Hill Road, Colton
Estacada School District #108 | 255 Northeast 6th Avenue, Estacada
Gladstone School District #115 | 17789 Webster Road, Gladstone
Lake Oswego School District #7J | 2455 Country Club Road, Lake Oswego
Molalla River School District #35 | 412 South Swiegle Avenue, Molalla
North Clackamas School District #12 | 4444 Southeast Lake Road, Milwaukie
Oregon City School District #62 | 1417 12th Street, Oregon City
Oregon Trail School District #46 | 36525 Southeast Industrial Way, Sandy
West Linn-Wilsonville School District #3JT | 22210 Southwest Stafford Road, Tualatin
Health and Transportation in Clackamas County
Clackamas County residents have access to several great medical facilities in the area. Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center (19300 Southwest 65th Avenue, Tualatin) and Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center (1500 Division Street, Oregon City) are the two major comprehensive hospitals within the county. Both offer 24 hour emergency services. Families looking for excellent primary care providers should check out Providence Medical Group-Canby (200 South Hazel Dell Way, Canby) and Providence Medical Group-Happy Valley (16180 SE Sunnyside Road Suite 102, Happy Valley). The location of Clackamas County also offers easy access to all of the world class hospitals and medical clinics within the Portland metropolitan area.
The transportation network in Clackamas County makes travelling throughout the area convenient for residents. Both Interstates 5 and 205 traverse the northwestern part of the county and connect Clackamas to the major metropolitan areas of Salem and Portland. US Route 26 allows residents to travel across the county from the major cities in the west to the beautiful
Mt. Hood area in the east. For residents who want to avoid driving, there are several rail options in the county. Milwaukie/Main St Station (11301 Southeast 21st Avenue) operates the MAX Orange Line, offering a commute time of only 27 minutes to downtown Portland. Amtrak Cascades runs through Oregon City Station (1757 Washington Street). Finally, Wilsonville WES Station offers the TriMet WES Commuter Rail to Beaverton. All residents within Clackamas county live within 50 miles of Portland International Airport (7000 Northeast Airport Way, Portland) allowing for convenient travel throughout the United States and beyond.