Nestled in the hills on the west side of downtown Portland is an amazing escape that is not widely known, even among the citizens of Portland. Forest Park is a 5,100 acre city owned wilderness that is one of the largest city parks in the country. The park has more than 80 miles of hiking trails lined with huge Oregon pines, 100 different species of birds and a large variety of Oregon wildlife.
Forest Park offers a great setting for hikers, dog walkers, joggers, bicyclists, bird watchers and all types of nature lovers. The park is a tranquil oasis within a couple of miles of the urban Portland landscape. Forest Park is also the perfect backdrop for nature photographers and naturalists.
There are 14 different hiking trails with difficulty levels ranging from easy to hard. The trails also vary in distance to allow you the opportunity to experience the beauty of the park with whatever time you have available. The Forest Park trails are the perfect place to bring your children and explore the native flora and fauna of Northern Oregon.
The southern edge of Forest Park is also home to the Oregon Zoo, the Portland Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum and the Portland Children’s Museum. The Audubon Society of Portland also calls Forest Park their home. Entrance to the park is free, with entrance fees required at the Oregon Zoo.
Forest Park is open 7 days a week from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. with entrances on the Southeast end at NW 29th Ave. and Upshur St. and the Northwest entrance off of Hwy 30 at Newberry Rd. For a taste of the Oregon Forest within minutes of Portland, Forest Park will not disappoint.