Gladstone, Ore., is situated at the junction of two rivers: the Clackamas River and the Willamette River. It is less than a half-hour drive south of Portland and approximately an hour's drive northeast of the state capital, Salem. The town is also known as the Home of the Pow-Wow Tree, a maple that delineated the spot where members of the area's different Native American tribes met to trade, conduct wedding ceremonies and handle community business.
Gladstone is home to a variety of parks, fields, wetlands and even a beach (the 15-acre Dahl Beach, situated at the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette rivers). Local athletes are in luck, as Gladstone has a number of youth and sports programs, including football, basketball, baseball, softball and soccer teams. For residents eager for a taste of big-city culture, Portland is just a short drive up State Route 99E.