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Back Cove Trail

Portland, ME
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Ranked #20 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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Waltham, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
44 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
14 reviews 14 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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