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Forest Park, Portland

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.8/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
As one of the largest urban forests in the United States, Forest Park has a great network of trails for walking, hiking, biking, and even horse-back riding. The Willwood Trail, being the most significant, has about 48.6 km (30.2 mi) worth of trail and will give you an opportunity to check out the extensive plant and animal life located in this 2,064 hectare (5,100 acre) park. Bobcats, flying squirrels, and elk, are among the mammal species found here while birds such as owls and woodpeckers are common. Vegetation can vary from berry bushes to numerous tree species to violet and trillium wildflowers. Rain within the park is frequent so make sure to bring a rain coat. Make Forest Park part of your personalized Portland itinerary using our Portland holiday planner.
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  • Lots of trails beautiful scenery very quiet very dog friendly parking is a bit challenging no public restrooms or water fountains 
  • This is an outdoor's person's dream. It is huge. We went down the handicap trail and it was dark (from the trees) and wet. Great for hiking. Different entry points for about a mile. 
  • We stayed in the NW area and didn't realize this was so close we could easily walk to it! Our VRBO manager told us about it. Said we could also walk to Pittock Mansion. We did take a walk, but didn't ...  read more »
  • Miles of shaded trails with lush green plants. I saw many people bring their dogs on the trail. Great place to spend the day just hiking. Parking is relatively easy to find even on a weekend.
  • Forest Park makes Portland one of the most unique urban environments in the US. It provides access to 30+ miles of trail within the confines of the city. There are numerous access points, but by far the most popular is the Rose Garden and through Lower Macleay Park. Biking? Check out Leif Erikson trail. Running or hiking? Hop up onto Wildwood anywhere you can and enjoy some time in the woods. There are tons of maps posted at the trailheads and if you do get lost, just ask someone. Trail-goers are incredibly friendly.
  • Simply beautiful. This is truly a NW Gem to see in person. I'm lucky that I'm local and have it close to home. I fall in love with Wildwood Trail everytime! A definite must see for any out of town guest!
  • Amazing 70-miles of walking and hiking trails. Running/biking path has trail markers so you can know how far you've gone. Port-a-potties are near the entrance only, so remember to use them first!
  • Serene and beautiful foliage especially after the rain. A bit hilly but I guess this makes it more interesting and challenging. Very nice place for running and hiking. Plan on spending some hours to fully appreciate it.
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