After two days of bouts of rain and snow we finally saw a break to head to Forest Park for a hike in the woods. In case you have never been, it is quite amazing considering you are right in the city, but feel miles away as soon as you step foot into the park. It is very quiet with the breeze blowing through the trees and there are so many trails you almost feel as if you are all by yourself in there. Great if you need a break from the bustle of the city, in even a short lunch break!
Friends of ours had mentioned a specific portion of trail to us called Lower MacLeay Trail. It runs along a stream for the whole way and then breaks off into miles and miles of additonal trails all branching from Wildwood Trail. It is worth taking a look at a map of the park to get the distances for each one. Either trail you pick though, it is a perfect place to walk or run. And don’t forget your favorite little four-legged friend, it is also very dog-friendly!
This is some of the signage along the trail, just to give you an idea of the endless possibilities of trails along the way!
Guiness is always leading the way… he wanted nothing more than to go wandering on the adandoned wooden shelters and walkways.
This is a really neat old stone house on the trail. It is covered in moss and you can walk up into it. I imagine it has been there for a very long time, quiet and collecting moss over the years.
Luckily we brought a jacket for Guinness… he really isn’t a fan of the rain!
At the end of Lower MacLeay Trail, there is a parking lot which leads to the Audobon Society Of Portland. There is also a series of trails in this area with lots of birds and ponds and even tours with Audobon Society members. Definitely no shortage of activities!