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Forest Park, Portland

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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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For easy foot access to Portland's best shopping, dining, and entertainment, stay in or around the downtown area, connected to the rest of the city by light rail. This compact and busy part of Portland contains the highest concentration of hotel rooms in the city, allowing you to explore options ranging from boutique properties to big chains. Thanks to Portland's convenient transportation system, you can also choose a less expensive motel or bed and breakfast in one of the outlying neighborhoods, and still be within minutes of most major tourist attractions.
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  • We took the lower Macleay Trail that stars under the green bridge between two red sculptures. The trail so so beautiful and follows a creek surrounded by gorgeous trees. It was a pretty level 0.8mi hi...  more »
  • It was a hot sunny Sunday when I set off walking toward Forest park. I walked down NW Thurman to the Bridge at NW 29th and down the stairs on the north side into Lower Macleay Park. There were several...  more »
  • Okay, the hike was a bit miserable for me since I had sustained an injury the night before. Even so, the hike was really peaceful even though the area was really crowded (better than deserted). Parts ...  more »