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“So Many Trails!”
Review of Forest Park

Forest Park
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$71.20*
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Best of Portland Small-Group Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #7 of 453 things to do in Portland
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Owner description: The largest urban park in the county, lined with trails for hiking and biking.
Reviewed April 4, 2013

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!

1  Thank PDXWindJammer
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We only explored the trail to the Witches Castle, which was easily accessible and more of a stroll than a hike. The trail leads down the bottom of a steep canyon, with moss hanging from all the branches and the feeling that you're in another mysterious world, far from the city. The old stone building that is the Witches Castle would be a great place to film a horror movie!

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Forest Park is something to experience. The park is 8 miles long and 2 miles wide. You can really feel like you are in the wilderness, yet you are on the edge of an urban area.

2  Thank Doug G
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

This large park is full of hiking and running trails through dripping wet, emerald green forest. Parking is tight though. Bring good trail shoes.

1  Thank mountain_girl6345
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Nice trail with great views. The rocks were a little hard on my feet, but still worth the trip. Parking can be a problem and you want to bring your own water.

1  Thank timo s
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