Located in the heart of Washington County Forest Grove is well situated for your active outlook on life. It is only 25 miles from downtown Portland and part of the high tech Silicon Forest. Founded in 1841 as the oldest city in the Washington County Forest Grove offers old time charm with a full range of modern amenities. With twenty active subdivisions this dynamic growing city offers a wide range of housing: some of the most affordable housing in the Portland metro area ranging up to elaborate homes with views of Mt. Hood. Forest Grove maintains three residential historic districts. The City is accessed by US Highway 26 and State Highways 47 and 8 and by high frequency TriMet bus service.
Forest Grove is a full-service city with growing employment in food processing high tech education and healthcare. The largest company TTM Technologies employs nearly 800. The Forest Grove School District has an enrollment of 5800 students covering a 200-square mile area. City Parks and Recreation offers 357 acres of open space 14 parks walking and bike trails an aquatic center and a skateboard park.
Forest Grove is home of Pacific University founded in 1849 with undergraduate graduate and professional programs in liberal arts an MBA program and healthcare. Pacific University offers a range of cultural activities for the public to enjoy. Stroll through the picturesque campus and then visit the many fine shops and restaurants in historic downtown. Dining opportunities include Chinese Thai Mexican Italian/Mediterranean British and Japanese American several coffee houses and even an old-fashioned drive-in. Take in the galleries concerts and theater.
When it comes to lifestyle amenities Forest Grove is a gem. It is surrounded by the most wineries in the metro area while just down the road is Hagg Lake offering boating biking fishing swimming and a zip line. To the immediate west is the Tillamook State Forest the largest state forest in Oregon. Visit the historic McMenamins Grand Lodge resort for its European-style rooms soaking pool and live music. Savor locally handcrafted sake beer or hard cider. For the more active there are a number of golf courses a wide range of both touring and mountain bike trails mountain hiking and bird watching at Fernhill Wetlands. Forest Grove offers a range of unique events including the Concours d’Elegance classic car show Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival Corn Roast Uncorked Wine and Food Festival First Wednesday and Farmers Market on Main Street in downtown Holiday in the Grove and Light Parade Hawaiian Luau and July Fourth BBQ and Fireworks. There is truly something for everyone.
City of Forest Grove: 503-992-3200 www.forestgrove-or.gov
Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce: 503-357-3006 www.visitforestgrove.com