Forest Park

Portland, OR - 97231
Type: Parks
(503) 823-4492
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Forest Park, located in Portland, Oregon, is one of the largest urban forests in the United States, spanning over 5,200 acres. This expansive park offers a lush, green retreat within the city limits, featuring more than 80 miles of trails that wind through dense forests, along ridges, and by streams. Forest Park provides a vital habitat for wildlife and a tranquil escape for city residents and visitors, making it a cherished natural resource for outdoor recreation and conservation.

The park's extensive trail network includes paths suitable for hiking, running, and mountain biking. The Wildwood Trail, a 30-mile-long trail that traverses the length of the park, is one of the most popular routes and is part of the longer 40-mile Loop system that encircles the Portland metropolitan area. This trail offers hikers a continuous, immersive experience through the park's diverse ecosystems, including towering Douglas firs, western red cedars, and a variety of understory plants. Other notable trails include the Maple Trail, which showcases beautiful fall foliage, and the Firelane Trails, which offer more rugged terrain and stunning views of the city and the Willamette River.

Forest Park is also an important site for conservation and wildlife observation. The park supports a wide range of plant and animal species, including over 112 bird species and 62 mammal species. Birdwatchers can spot species such as the pileated woodpecker, varied thrush, and northern spotted owl, while other wildlife like deer, coyotes, and even the occasional black bear may be seen. The park's varied habitats, from wetland areas to dry upland forests, contribute to its biodiversity.

Open year-round, Forest Park is managed by Portland Parks & Recreation and supported by the Forest Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining and protecting the park. The park's accessibility and proximity to downtown Portland make it a popular destination for both casual visitors and outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're seeking a peaceful walk in nature, a challenging trail run, or an opportunity to observe local wildlife, Forest Park offers a serene and picturesque escape in the heart of the city.

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