The nation's largest forested park within a city, Forest Park is a beautiful place for place for reflection, recreation, environmental research, and discovery. Spanning over 5,000 acres, Forest Park is a natural urban sanctuary for outdoor adventure and protecting wildlife. Enjoy hiking, running and biking on the park's 70 miles of scenic trails, including the Wildwood Trail, and 28 miles of single track for mountain biking.
Explore the beautiful forest landscape of evergreens and big-leaf maple trees, enjoy fishing in streams and creeks, and discover a diversity of wildlife, including 60 mammals and 100 species of birds.
Forest Park Discovery Hike Series
All Trails Challenge
Exploring Nature & Wildlife
Fishing in Streams
Hiking Trails -
Forest Park is Portland’s hiking paradise with an extensive system of trails, fire lanes and roads for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking, and escaping the urban atmosphere. Forest Park features 80 miles of hiking trails, ranging for 3 to 9 miles, including the 30.2 mile-long Wildwood Trail, a National Recreation Trail that traverses the entire park. The Wildwood Trail connects to the region’s 40-Mile Loop that links Forest Park to routes along the Columbia River to Gresham and Southeast Portland, along the Willamette Greenway, and to the Marquam Trail in Southwest Portland.
Mobile App With Maps and Running Guides -
Start exploring the largest urban park in the nation with the Forest Park PDX app. Just download the app on your iPhone and iPad and get access to 19 trailheads and over 80 miles of running, hiking and biking trails. The Forest Park app can be downloaded at iTunes for $3.99.
Are their guided hikes to learn about the park?
Break out your hiking boots and join the Forest Park Conservancy for its annual series of guided hikes throughout the park. The Discovery Hike Series is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural history of Forest Park, including the diverse ecosystems and wildlife. Hikes include the Owl Prowl, and Seasonal Plant Hikes. The hikes are free to Forest Park Conservancy members, and $10 for non-members, and are limited to 15 hikers.
Is there poison oak or ivy that I have to worry about?
Yes. Forest park is very native and natural, so watch out for poison ivy, poison oak and English Ivy that you will encounter in the forest, on the trails and by the creeks.