From the top of Rocky Butte in Joseph Hill Park, you'll have a gorgeous 360-degree view of the Columbia River and Gorge ... More
Joseph Wood Hill Park
From the top of Rocky Butte in Joseph Hill Park, you'll have a gorgeous 360-degree view of the Columbia River and Gorge to the east, the Portland airport to the north, downtown Portland to the west and southeast Portland to the south. A grassy area with red cinder paths can be found in this park as well as hand carved stone walls and benches. These stone walls are a favorite spot for local climbers. Decorative lights resting on stone pedestals illuminate the park at night. This park is named after J.W. Hill (1856-1930), who managed the Bishop Grammar and Divinity School in 1878 and went on to establish the Hill Military Academy in 1901.
We found this place by accident, and felt like we stumbled upon a real treasure. Such wonderful views and not too many people. Not to mention we felt like we were on the grounds of a castle or something with the fortress-type walls. Highly, highly recommend searching out this park!
This is a must for anyone visiting Portland. If you go at sunset take a picnic and just enjoy the views of the city and the volcano's. On a clear day we have seen smoke from Mt. St Helen's. We started in visiting in 2000 and we go back every year and this is a must for every visit. We stayed at the Hampton Inn airport and they suggested us visit. They hooked us up with a blanket and we picked up Chinese for our picnic. Have wonderful pictures!
Marcia & John from Florida
It's so cool! Everyone needs to go there and bring some one special. it's not too busy in the morning. you can see everything! the only thing is u can still hear the hyways around. you need to go here! u walk up cool stone stairs!
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