About Forest Park and Forest Heights
Forest Park is a huge 5000 acre forest right in the middle of NW Portland. It stretches out 8 miles on hillsides that overlook the Willamette River , and there are over 70 miles of trails. It is actually the larges natural urban forest in the United States , and the 3 rd largest urban park! The Audubon Society of Portland has an adjacent wildlife sanctuary covering 143 acres, which includes more than 4 miles (6.4 km) of trails. The 30+ mile long Wildwood Trail (a National Recreational Trail) traverses the Park from the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Hoyt Arboretum to Newberry Road . Forest Park is home to over 100 species of mammals and more than 100 kinds of birds have been seen in the Park. In the spring, hillsides are covered wtih with trilliums, wildflowers, ferns, flowers and shrubs.
The Forest Park neighborhood is right on the edge of Forest Park . It goes along Skyline Blvd- which is a road that hikers and bikers love to run and bike on- the houses on the east look out over Forest Park and the Willamette- the ones to the west look out over the huge valley below. Some of the views are breathtaking! The area feels like a suburban neighborhood, but is really close to downtown. They have all kinds of homes - from condos and town homes up to huge mansions. Most of the houses have been built in the past 10-15 years- it is growing like crazy. A lot of them have views of the coast range or the forest- and many are within walking distance to the trails of Forest Park . It runs right along the ridge up above Forest Park down to NW Cornell- and then back without any real exact ending. It is bordered by the Northwest Heights , and Linnton neighborhoods.
Forest Heights is right next to this neighborhood, but it is in Washington County . A lot of Intel Employees live here- because it drops right down into Beaverton-Hillsboro area. There are some gorgeous new houses that have been built up there, plus alot of new condos and townhouses built around little shopping areas. The surrounding rolling farmland is beautiful.