If you keep a compass in your pocket and hiking boots in your car, make your way to North Portland, Oregon. Close to wetlands and parks, this area of the city is the ideal setting for some adventure.
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Whether you prefer to canoe, hike, or animal watch, the Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is not to be missed.
The park is the biggest protected wetland within an American city. Walk around the water’s edge or boat right in, and try to spot river otters and beaver. The reserve also holds one of the largest populations of Western painted turtles in the state. During your trip, you may also want to check out Linnton Park, Pier Park, or Forest Park for some hiking opportunities. Of course, you may also want to keep your eyes open to spy one of the most famous outdoorsmen around: Paul Bunyan. North Portland is home to the iconic 30-foot statue of the celebrated woodsman.
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