Forest Park is the largest urban forested park in the country and it is so nice to have it so close to my home! I have a 5 minute drive to get to a trail head that leads me into a beautiful forested sanctuary.
The tree canopy keeps the trail cool on hot summer days and is also somewhat of a shield during our rainy days. As you hike you meander along streams and over bridges on some of the trails. After it rains, the trail will be muddy in parts but the park staff does a great job in maintaining the trails.
You can access countless trails within a few minutes drive from downtown. McCleay Park at 29th and Upshire is a good starting point. If you are at the zoo, just head up the road past the Veterans Memorial and hop on the Wildwood trail. This part of the trail goes through the Hoyt Arboretum.
I have even seen deer along the Leif Erikson trail. This trail is accessed by driving up Thurman to the gate. This is a very wide trail that is used by runners, bikers and walkers. Parking can be difficult near the gate on weekends and sunny days so park down the road and walk up to the gate.
Lovely park in our city!
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