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Review of Forest Park

Forest Park
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Owner description: The largest urban park in the county, lined with trails for hiking and biking.
Reviewed 28 July 2011

The park trail system can be overwhelming. Grab a copy of Marci Houle's book "One City's Wilderness" and hit the trails! Details maps will guide you through the 5,000 + acre party, as well as help you identify birds, animals and fauna.

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Reviewed 23 February 2011

The reviewer "Not an URBAN park as advertised" has it all wrong.
This park is huge, and it's inside city limits. By definition that makes it an urban park.
This isn't a typical urban park with swing sets, public bathrooms, and dog poop galore crammed into a city block. This is nature trails, steep hikes, open grassy meadows, mossy trees with ferns growing on them... in a word, beautiful.
There is also parking all over the place, albeit the zoo parking area is usually full. Just drive through and around the park, I've always found parking.

3  Thank jasonb1971
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Reviewed 10 April 2009

Forest Park advertises itself as the largest urban park in the country. The use of the word "urban" is however a HUGE and in my opinion unjustifiable stretch. What Forest Park is is simple: largely unbuildable land, mostly on the sides of steep hills, with dirt paths and a couple of bridges through it. In fact, Forest Park is also easy to miss, as there seems to be no parking lot, no welcome center - nothing but trees, more trees, and a couple of trails. That said, what buildable space there is has been dedicated to the zoo and a couple of museums. Maybe the worst thing about Forest Park is that it lets the People of Portland avoid the realization of how little there really is to do here. This park is, as the largest urban park in the country, always proudly on the top of the list of why Portland's great (when really it's not). Portland could really use a Pike's Place, a Central Park, or some other type of real congregating attraction - a real "urban" park - yet this park somehow always seems to stand in the way (and no - the Esplanade really does not count). That said, if you value a walk in the woods, this is an ok place to go. Park at the Zoo, assuming you can find parking, and head out from there.

7  Thank pdx_biz_traveler
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Reviewed 29 March 2008


This is a large forest track that has been set aside by the city of Portland to be used as a recreation, and a wildlife coridor area. It is located to the west and north of the city and goes out further to the north and west in it's distance. There are hiking trails throughout it, including a 40 mile loop. Along the trail you can access the Oregon Zoo, the Pittock Mansion, Hoyt Arboretum, McCleay park, and the Audubon Society building. While there are many hiking trails through the park, the main trail is the WildWood trail. Most trails are only used for hiking, or running. However, a few trails are used for biking.

Helpful hints:

1. If you visit the Pittock Mansion you can pick up a trail map at the front desk.
2. You can find restrooms at the zoo, the Pittock Mansion, Hoyt Arboretum, and at McCleay park. Beyond that, they are hard to come by.
3. You can start at the zoo and hike from here. Arrive by the Maxx Train (Washington Park stop inside the tunnel, and then take elevator to the top.), or take the public bus #63, or by driving and parking at the very top of the hill.
4. The sites that I have listed above are all within a 5 mile hike (and a 5 mile hike back.) starting from the zoo. For a shorter hike you can start from the zoo and go to the Pittock Mansion for a 3.5 mile hike. Take the WildWood trail in each case.

Overall an enjoyable hike inside of Portland. Please take the time to rate my review. Thanks.

20  Thank travelingmike
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Reviewed 28 October 2017
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