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Forest Park, Portland

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#1 of 34 in Trails in Oregon
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. Use our Portland day trip planning app to visit Forest Park on your trip to Portland, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • That their town has a whole forest as a park, the residents of Portland are rightly proud. The forest park is located in the urban area and is easy to reach by bus. Hardly one is in there, man has forgotten that it is located in a big city - beautiful forest with well-marked hiking trails. Attention, sometimes quite steep!
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  • Streatches for miles and miles throughout the city. Many people hiking all the time. Some areas have steep down hills. Can be scary to drive up hill in some areas to park car. Lots of low level pull o...  more »
  • Forest Park is a huge blessing to everyone in Portland. Fortunately most people don't get out to experience it so it remains very much a quiet place to hike and take nature walks.  more »

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