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Forest Park, Portland
(4.8/5 based on 550+ 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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  • By far the best city park that I've been! I hiked from the Lower Macleay Trail all the way to the Japanese Garden. I would have to the the trail from Lower Macleay through to Witches Castle, then Wild...  more »
  • Lots of trails and entry points to this extensive park make it easy to use for visitors and residents. Various levels of physical activity, too. Wear boots as the trails are usually muddy - which is w...  more »
  • Make sure you plan your route before going into the park. There are no exits along the way, so you will have to keep walking till the end, or prepare to walk back the same route you came from. The par...  more »
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  • Beautiful park with tons of trails for hiking. Close enough to downtown Portland to be convenient, while still managing to feel like you've escaped the city. Also, it might be best to do some research to find the tall that would best suit you, as their difficulty levels vary.
  • Beautiful, expansive trails. For most people it will take many many years to fully explore the park and its hundreds of miles of trails that vary significantly in difficulty, scenery and accessibility. The best part is that there are many intersections between trails so it's easy to create your own loop or simply take the path you feel like at the moment.
  • One of the best things about Portland. Great walking trails where you won't need to worry about mountain bikers running over you (no mountain bikes allowed on most of the trails). Milage is marked so you have some idea how far you have walked. Try out the Wildwood trail, mostly level hiking, beautiful views around every turn.
  • Jewel of Portland. There's nothing like it! Great for running and walking dogs
  • From hiking to biking trails, this place has it all. So massive, you can spend days going through all the trails. Many start and end points. Plenty to see. Grab some friends and hit a trail. You won't be disappointed.