Estacada is a historic community packed full of things to do. From admiring public art downtown to paddling on the Clackamas River, there is so much to discover. And now, the NEW Estacada Field Guide is here to guide you to hidden gems and fan favorites with lots of fun facts along the way.
Pick up an Estacada Field Guide at one of several locations around town for the ultimate Estacada outing. It's the next-best thing to a local guide, with plenty of local flavor sprinkled throughout. Fun fact: Did you know that Estacada is the Christmas tree capital of the US? No matter the season, the Estacada Field Guide is your pocket-sized passport to fresh local discoveries. And, an added bonus: Fill in the last page of the Field Guide with your favorite parts of your Estacada adventure, and earn a prize! So what are you waiting for? Read on for some inspiration of the many things to do in Estacada, and don't forget to pick up your Field Guide downtown when you arrive.
Did you know that you can get to Estacada from Portland car free? There is lots to do within walking distance in downtown Estacada and free parking if you’re driving. Plus, Estacada loves cyclists. Case in point: The bike racks are literally works of art. Visit the Estacada Bike Plaza behind City Hall for water bottle filling station while you tune up your bike.
As you stroll through downtown, keep an eye out for the Artback Murals decorating over 20 buildings throughout Estacada. The local artist group paints a new mural (or restores one) every year, and if you’re visiting in the summer, you might even see them in action. If you’re determined to find all of the murals, stop by the Spiral Gallery to pick up a mural map brochure (and an Estacada Field Guide!).
Estacada has many beautiful parks to choose from. Whether it's the river that whets your appetite, the vistas that bring you packing or fun for the kids on the playground, you'll find it at Estacada's parks. Head over to Wade Creek Park and make the most of their skate park or just enjoy a Creekside picnic. Timber Park (about one mile from downtown Estacada) offers even more recreation opportunities, including a disc golf course, playground and picnic area. And if you’re there during the 4th of July, Timber Park is also home to Estacada’s annual Timber Festival honoring the town’s lumberjack history with competitive pole climbing, chainsaw carving and more. Clackamas River Outfitters has a Timber Park outpost where you can rent kayaks or paddleboards for a peaceful paddle on Estacada Lake, a dammed portion of the Clackamas River.
The adventure continues just a short drive outside of Estacada. For more fun on the water, Blue Sky Rafting offers whitewater rafting trips on the Clackamas that are perfect, even if it’s your first raft trip. Looking for a more relaxing float? Rent tubes from Clackamas River Outfitters at their outpost in Milo McIver State Park and use their tubing shuttle for all of the floating fun with none of the parking hassle. Milo McIver State Park is also home to miles of hiking trails, both riverside and forested, an off-leash dog area and a championship level disc golf course. Further upriver from Milo McIver, GetnGo Marina offers pontoon boat rentals at Promontory Park so you and your pals can cruise the North Fork Reservoir in style.
Visiting in the fall? Mushroom hunters often strike mycology gold in the areas around Estacada. If you're interested in trying your hand at foraging in the nearby Mt. Hood National Forest, make sure you have the necessary permits and maps. And if you're interested in learning more about local fungi, the Estacada Fungus Association puts on an annual Fungus Festival featuring educational sessions, mushroom themed art and activities for all ages. Not sure you're ready to brave the forests yourself? Keep an eye out for autumn seasonal dishes featuring local mushrooms at many of Estacada's restaurants.
Located in neighboring Eagle Creek, Philip Foster Farm takes visitors back to pioneer days, with interactive exhibits, historic houses of the Foster Family and historic interpreters. This summer they introduced a tour series using Amazon Alexa. You’ll feel right at home as you request, “Alexa, tell me about the Lucy House” and your favorite digital assistant answers, sharing stories from historical records and journals.
Don’t forget to fill out the Estacada Field Guide as you explore, noting all of your favorite flavors, sights and experiences. Complete your guide and tag @visitestacada or swing by the Visitor Center to earn a prize.