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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
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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New York City, New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

As a runner, it was nice to find an escape even in a small city like Portland. The loop in the Back Cove is really good for loosening up and just running. There are other runners passing by and/or people walking/exercising. Towards the end you can connect with the Eastern Promenade Trail which leads back to the Old Port and... More

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Auburn, Maine
Top Contributor
194 reviews 194 reviews
78 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We often like to get out and stretch our legs when traveling, and came across this one by accident. We had heard about it, but didn't get in the area often. The time we found it, we walked half of it, and said we'd go back if we got in the area again, which we did. A very nice long... More

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Gray, Maine
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

But I don't like riding ON the Blvd and I hate it when I'm walking the blvd and others are biking on it. I think they should have to share the road and leave the blvd for walkers....

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Portland, Maine
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

A lot of my coworkers like walking this trail, and I suppose since it's flat, well-marked, and has abundant parking that it's good for local runners - but I find it way too near the highway and busy roads to be enjoyable. If I want a long walk or run with a scenic view in Portland, I'll take the Eastern... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Nice popular trail but very noisy where the trail runs along the road. It doesn't feel very close to nature when you cannot hear yourself think above the noise of heavy traffic :(

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Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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105 reviews 105 reviews
36 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I am a long time runner, and this trail was very nice for going out on a run each morning. It also connects to a couple other trails in the downtown are of Portland. Generally, plenty of other runners/walkers on the trail, so you won't feel isolated.

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