Our city is comprised of newcomers excited about making this nature-filled place their new home and long-time residents who continue to revel in Ridgefield’s picturesque surroundings, family-friendly neighborhoods and parks, and a strong sense of community.
Add to it Main Street America charm and major employers, and you’ll find that Ridgefield offers a piece of paradise for those who want to get away from the Big City… but not too far away.
With its ample supply of open land and major infrastructure in place, Ridgefield is ready to proceed with quality development. Significant projects on the horizon in Ridgefield’s future include the construction of a Clark College satellite campus, a new Peace Health facility, and the commercial development of the Port of Ridgefield’s 40-acre waterfront site – a natural extension of the downtown area.
With Ridgefield’s commitment to quality in everything it undertakes – public parks and trails, community events, schools, business development, and more – it makes a great place to call home for you or your business. Visitors will find it welcoming here, too!
Ridgefield offers the best of life in a small community while being in close proximity to the Portland-Vancouver metro area, which offers a world-class food scene, theater, ballet, professional sports events, and more.
- 20 min. to Portland, OR
- 20 min. to Portland Int’l Airport
- 2.5 hours south of Seattle
- On the I-5 Discovery Corridor
Whether you are a long-time resident, new to town or visiting for the first time, we encourage you to explore and enjoy all that Ridgefield has to offer.
Nature and Recreation
Opportunities for outdoor recreation are plentiful here. Adventure via kayak or canoe along a 21-mile long water trail, explore parks and woodland trails, take to the water to fish or go boating, or scout for birds and other abundant wildlife in the 5,300-acre Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, which serves as Ridgefield’s backyard. Nestled between the city and the Columbia River, the Refuge is a haven for both wildlife and nature lovers.
Ridgefield’s inviting small town atmosphere, the walkable main streets and animated store fronts are some of the City’s greatest assets. Take a stroll around downtown and you’ll see historic landmarks, charming shops, boutiques, restaurants, a community library, local artistry, beautiful parks and picturesque neighborhoods. Nearby you will find a historic cemetery, multiple wineries including wine ice cream and an 18-hole golf course. The City is in the process of completing a recreational loop system of pathways to connect the downtown area with neighborhoods with schools, parks, and the waterfront. The pathways are multi-use and shared by walkers, runners, bikers, and pets.
In addition to inviting local shops and eateries, Ridgefield is known for its community events. Join us for music, fun, food and family-friendly activities as we celebrate our heritage and our surroundings: hit the local water trails at Big Paddle, celebrate the Fourth of July with an old-fashioned parade, enjoy family games and outdoor movie nights during Tuesdays in the Park, and welcome the birds back to their winter home in the Refuge with hikes, crafts, bluegrass music, birding tours and more at Birdfest and Bluegrass – and those are just a few of our events! You can also join us at First Saturdays and enjoy theme-related events and activities that will include local artists displaying their work, sidewalk chalk drawing contests, athletic events, and shopping. You’ll also find the Farmer’s Market(link is external), sidewalk sales, outdoor concerts, and food vendors that enhance the festive atmosphere.
Local and Regional Information
Ridgefield is in the pastoral, rolling hills countryside of northern Clark County, Washington. Ridgefield is notable for the significant Native American and Lewis and Clark Expedition history of the area, but is also the home of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, a primary reserve for migrating waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway, and the Ridgefield High School “Spudders” (reflecting the area’s potato-farming heritage).
While the city, itself is relatively modest in size, the geographic area that is locally also called Ridgefield is quite a bit larger, extending from the Columbia River to its immediate west, the Lewis River to the north, several miles past Interstate 5 to the east, and south nearly to Vancouver, Washington.
Early Ridgefield settlers built a vibrant agricultural and forestry-based economy, followed by growth in the industrial and shipping sectors with the creation of the Interstate 5 junction and the expansion of the Port of Ridgefield(link is external). The I-5 junction has experienced and is planned to see significant commercial and industrial growth. State Route 501, also known as Pioneer Street, acts as the primary transportation corridor connecting downtown and the I-5 Junction.
Main Avenue and Hillhurst Road are north-south connectors that reflect over 100 years of settlement, with a mix of old historic residential structures interspersed with modern subdivisions. Ridgefield is working to maintain and improve the quality of existing residences while encouraging the development of new neighborhoods that have distinctive and individual character, pedestrian friendly amenities and parks.