Forest Park is home to Wildwood Trail, a 30-mile walking and biking trail connected to a larger city trail system along the Columbia River. Bird watching, horseback riding and just about any other way to spend your leisure time can be accomplished in the aptly named park. In fact, there are over 112 species of birds that can be observed in this protected woodland and nearly as many bird-watching groups.
In addition to be a great place to spend a lazy (or active) afternoon, Forest Park has a job to do. The massive trees naturally control erosion, purify the air, collect water and cool the surrounding areas. Handy. Forest Park is one of the many joys of living in the downtown Portland area. The hustle and bustle of city life, along with the accompanying noises just drift away as you enter its splendor. Residents know of its pleasures and visitors quickly learn.