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Back Cove Trail

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Address: , Portland, ME
Phone Number: 207-775-2411
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Activities: Birdwatching, Running
Description: Portland's most popular and well-known trail offers view of the city...
Portland's most popular and well-known trail offers view of the city skyline.
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A very pleasant walk or jogging path spaced with water fountains and distance markers and scenic view of Portland. Rather flat as it follows the waterside but up and over the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Hoylake, United Kingdom

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Hoylake, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A very pleasant walk or jogging path spaced with water fountains and distance markers and scenic view of Portland. Rather flat as it follows the waterside but up and over the bridge provides some slope. Interesting garden shows someone cares - and it is lovely - thank you.

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The back cove trail has a great surface (stone dust) for walking or running, and offers great views of Portland's skyline from half of the route. The section bordering the highway isn't as pleasant, but you can enjoy a good 4-mile stretch by going out and back along the non-highway section.

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Kent, Ohio
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Great experience for the price! Arrive early to select a great seat in the front. Can bring food and alcohol.

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Summit, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This trail was close to where I had rented my apartment. It was a great way to stay up with my workout routine and the daily 3.5 mile walk around the cove was a beautiful way to start my day.

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Boulder, CO
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34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Beautiful 3.5 mile hike around a bay with many birds. It is hot (no shade) so we chose to do it on a cloudy day. We hooked it with the Casco bay trail that ends at the Old Port. Start in town and end in Old Port for lunch or dinner then, back to town. A very nice way to... More 

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Needham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It was a little muddy looking when I went, but it was a nice place to sit and eat. The path was well-maintained and would be great for running or cycling.

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Hudson, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is an excellent spot for your exercise needs. Had several days of great runs on the crushed gravel path, which winds around the back cove. There is also an obstacle course, with walls, monkey bars and a cargo net.

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A trail for walking or biking that goes all around this cove (3.5 miles) makes for a terrific way to spend some time. The views are theoretically beautiful though it was very foggy on the day I was here but pretty nonetheless. Bike riders don't miss it!

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Charleston, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Wife and I had a good run around the back cove during the Maine half marathon despite the unseasonably warm temperature and lack of free beer.

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Westbrook, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My wife and I have walked the Back Cove trail a number of times. It's a bit of a long walk (I think about 3 miles) to make a full circle of the Back Cove, but it's worth it. It can be a bit cold and very windy in the non-summer months, but once you're moving you typically warm up,... More 

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