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Back Cove Trail

Portland, ME
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Ranked #18 of 66 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
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159 reviews 159 reviews
77 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

walk or run along this 3.5 mile track without fear of traffic. it is an unbroken trail. fine city views. enjoy the smells from the baked bean factory.

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Western Md
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Ample parking, easy 3.5 mile walking trail. Pretty dismal along the interstate, but lovely homes and waterfowl for the rest. Could choose to double back and avoid the roadway. Interesting example gardens for landscaping with native plants. Good explanations. Fun exercise stations like overhead bars to swing your way along on. Downside.: Simple to find after the first trip, but... More

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Always make sure to do a walk around the Back Cove Trail....known to locals as "The Boulevard". Easy and mostly flat trail around the cove with a beautiful view of Portland in the distance and the ocean. Great people watching as well.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This trail is a nice 3.5 mi loop around Back Cove in Portland. It is basically flat the whole way minus when you have to ride/walk along the interstate for a small stretch (the only real downside of the trail because of the car noise). Other than that, it is a relaxing path with some great views of the Portland... More

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New York City, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Well worth the walk or bike ride, doable for everyone, however you must pass right next to the water treatment plant which is horrendously smelly and noisy. I dreaded the return trip.

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Portland, Maine
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
89 helpful votes 89 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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