Many cities have urban parks. Plenty are surrounded by forests. But very few have both. Indeed, at more than 5,100 acres, Forest Park is the largest forested city park in the lower 48 states—intact and ecologically distinct, all within the city’s boundaries. How does it compare to some of the world’s larger civic green-spaces? We stacked three giants side by side.
Jefferson Memorial Forest
Size 6,600 acres
Why Forest Park is better Within city limits, Jefferson might technically compete with Forest Park ... except it’s 15 miles from Louisville’s downtown core. What a trek.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Size 9,700 acres
Why Forest Park is better This tropical rain forest is allegedly the largest urban forest in the world. But watch your step for those Brazilian pit vipers.
Trinity River Park
Size 10,000 acres
Why Forest Park is better In the not-too-distant future, Dallas will have the largest urban “man-made nature park” in the country, nearly 12 times the size of Central Park. Downside: you’re in Dallas.