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Back Cove Trail

Address: Portland, ME
Phone Number: 207-775-2411
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Ranked #28 of 79 Activities in Portland
Type: Hiking Trails, Trails, Historic Walking Areas, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Running, Birdwatching
Owner description: Portland's most popular and well-known trail offers view of the city skyline.
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails, Historic Walking Areas, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Running, Birdwatching
Owner description: Portland's most popular and well-known trail offers view of the city skyline.
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Eastern Promenade has a wonderful view of casco bay. You can watch the Casco Bay ferries come and go, the sailboats out in the bay and taked the nice walk along the bottom of the hill that goes from the Eastern Promenade to the Old Port. In the summer there are concerts in the gazebo on the prom. The... More 

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Portland, Maine
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163 reviews 163 reviews
77 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
53 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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217 reviews 217 reviews
38 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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