Canco Woods is a small but important green-space amidst a densely developed neighborhood. This and other urban forests provide crucial habitat and travel corridors for birds and animals, absorb and filter stormwater, and provide an opportunity for people to access nature within City limits. The trails in Canco Woods were built and preserved through partnerships between area neighbors and businesses, Friends of Canco Woods, the Trust for Public Land and Portland Trails; the land is owned by the City of Portland. Visit www.friendsofcancowoods.org for more information about these efforts.
In the fall of 2019, Portland Trails received a grant from AARP to upgrade the rustic footpaths in Canco Woods directly adjacent to senior housing. These improvements included widening and hardening the trails to be more accessible for these neighbors as well as installing two park benches and improving signage. Depending on seasonal conditions, it is now possible for people using wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, and bicycles to enjoy a loop through these scenic woods. This work was done in partnership with the City of Portland Parks Department, which supplied trail materials and other support.
The trail can be accessed from Canco Rd and the Woods at Canco, or trailheads at the end of Frye, Rosedale or Torrey Streets.