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Back Cove Trail

Portland, ME
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Ranked #17 of 64 attractions in Portland
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, Trails
Activities: Running, Birdwatching
Description: Portland's most popular and well-known trail offers view of the city skyline.
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Portland, Maine
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Back Cove Trail, in the heart of Portland, is a beautiful nature walk during which walkers/runners/cyclists can see various types of waterfowl and vegetation. The 3.5 mile trail is well maintained and can be taken at your own pace.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

"The boulevard" as we locals call it is the go-to place for many for a walk or run. It's nice, especially at sunset. However, there were a lot of car break-ins last summer, so I'd leave all valuables elsewhere. Putting your purse in your trunk or "hidden" in your vehicle isn't sufficient, as the PPD will tell you. I'd also... More

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Dunbarton, NH
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218 reviews 218 reviews
38 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

There are some nice interconnected trails in Portland and this is one of them. Scenic and pleasant; would be good for strollers, families and leisurely bikers (like us). Not very crowded, even on Memorial Day weekend. Overall a nice ride.

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Perth, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Good walk for strolling, running, dog walking, people watching, looking at houses and skyline, plus the exercise park at one end, lots of parking.

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Annapolis, Maryland
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

From the time of being a little girl watching the storms roll in until buying a retirement home within walking distance I have appreciated any walk a few times a year. Watching the natural world in this wonderful setting in a live long joy.

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Fort Mill, South Carolina, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This is a great 3.5 mile trail...part blacktop but mostly pea gravel. There is really only one hill and not major. Ran there everyday while visiting. Handy porta potties and interesting sites.

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Portland, Maine
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is the path for walking, jogging (or bike riding). I like to walk 1 1/2 miles from the big parking lot and turn back making my walk 3 miles and avoiding the noisy park that goes near a highway. As I walk along the water's edge, I often see great blue & other herons.

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Portland, ME
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

My wife and I enjoy riding our bike on this three mile loop around the Back Bay. Last summer, we took our one year old in her bike trailer. It was perfect for this as the terrain is flat and there are no cars. We felt very safe. Can't wait to go back this summer.

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Bath, Maine
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

You can start the approximately four mile loop from many locations. If you take the side closer to the highway and Casco Bay, it will be windier, which may impact your decision to go that way. Going on the boulevard side is quieter and more relaxing.

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Portland, Maine
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I go here whenever I am in the area. It is a 3.5 mile gravel trail around Portland's Back Cove. It is very beautiful - lots of joggers, walkers, people with baby strollers, people walking their dogs. It can get really cold and windy on winter days!

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