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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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  • We stayed overnight at a bnb and went out to nearby Forest Park via North Germantown Road. There are several trails on this windy road. They come up real quick so keep your eyes peeled for a turnoff. ...  more »
  • This is a great park that is almost hidden, unless you get off the beaten path. Heading north next to the Willamette River on Highway 30 toward the St. Johns Bridge, the park sits on the bluff to the ...  more »
  • There are so many tall and lovely trees here that your breath will be taken away although my allergies are strong there.  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.