Walking & hiking is an exercise in natural beauty in Greater Portland & Casco Bay
Off Shore Road Cape Elizabeth, ME Phone: 207-433-5910
Seaside park includes beloved lighthouse; good for walks, picnics, ocean views
426 Wolfe's Neck Road Freeport, ME Phone: 207-865-4465
Good for picnicking, hiking and walking; an entry fee is charged.
See full description of Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park.
305 Commercial Street Portland, ME Phone: 207-775-2411
Eastern Promenade Trail. This trail is located on a former rail corridor and it has harbor and ocean views. You can find benches and picnic tables along the trail and at East End Beach. Paved and stone dust trails run in parallel and follow the water’s edge. The trail slopes slightly near the Portland Water District treatment plant and at Tukey’s Bridge, where it connects to the Back Cove Trail. Handicapped accessible, dogs allowed on leash. Length is 2.1 miles. Accessible by: Bus 1 and Bus 8
Fore River Sanctuary . This sanctuary is where you will find the Jewell Falls waterfall and the location of the old Cumberland and Oxford Canal. The lowland brackish area, where saltwater and freshwater marsh join, is a place where bird watchers thrive. A short walk down Congress Street sidewalks leads to the Fore River Trail and Stroudwater Trail. To connect to the Capisic Brook Trail, follow a path from Frost Street up to Riverview Street. Open from dawn to dusk, year-round. Dogs are allowed in some areas. Park on Frost Street in the signed spaces in Maine Orthopedic Center’s lot or on Rowe Avenue.
Back Cove Trail . Back Cove offers great views of the Portland skyline. Ideal for walking, running, biking (road/mountain) and dog walking. You will find benches and two water fountains along the trail. Toilets are in the parking lots at Preble Street and Payson Park. This is a loop trail with stone dust and paved surfaces–mostly flat with a slight rise along I-295. The Back Cove Trail connects to the Bayside & Eastern Promenade Trail under Tukey’s Bridge. Dogs allowed on leash. Length is 3.6 miles. Accessible by: Bus 8.
Presumpscot River Preserve . The trail follows a deep ravine into the Preserve and it is steep in places. Boardwalks and bridges pass over wet areas and permit for mountain bike access. At the river’s edge, signs direct walkers and bikers upstream or downstream, both with beautiful river views. Upstream, the trail had short loops into wooded, upland areas and then continues along the shoreline and under the highway overpass for another mile. Downstream, the trail reaches Presumpscot Falls. Length is 2.5 miles Uses include dogs walking, biking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, bird watching. Accessible by Bus 9B, Stop: Summit & Curtis streets.
Trailheads at Elm Street and Casco Bay end of Marginal Way Portland, ME Phone:
Gilsland Farm Center of the Maine Audubon Society
20 Gilsland Farm Road Falmouth, ME, 04105 Phone: 207-781-2330