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Back Cove Trail

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Address: Portland, ME
Phone Number: 207-775-2411
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Portland's most popular and well-known trail offers view of the city...

Portland's most popular and well-known trail offers view of the city skyline.

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Great Walking Path

This 3.5 mile loop around Portland's Back Cove is an excellent trail for walking or running. Each 1/4 mile is marked, allowing you to turn around and figure your mileage... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jim T
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Stratham, New Hampshire
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Stratham, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This 3.5 mile loop around Portland's Back Cove is an excellent trail for walking or running. Each 1/4 mile is marked, allowing you to turn around and figure your mileage accurately. The city backdrop is a nice view. The trail is mostly flat and natural, with only a paved portion at the bridge.

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Sauquoit, New York
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice 3.5 mile loop trail around the back cove. Lots of people walk, run or bike this trail. Pretty views as you go. You can also go on an offshoot of this trail and ride your bike down to the old port area.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

scenic trail along back bay, few blocks from congress st/downtown. busy during the day, absolutely great find. for all levels

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Gorham, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Back Cove offers a 3.2 mile jog around the Portland Back Cove. Weekend races are held and it is the start and finish of the Portland Half-Marathon and full Marathon in October. The trail is easy to follow with a scenic view of Portland from behind. Dozens of local runners frequent the Trail daily. For visitors, it offers mostly a... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

This was our main running route when we used to live in portland. Great 3.5 mile run or walk along the cove, beautiful views

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I run the Back Cove Trail several times every week and am always surprised and delighted by the views. Take in the beautiful Back Cove and Portland's iconic skyline as you loop the 3.5 mile trail. There is plenty of parking and lots of activity. This is a safe, fun way to see the many charms of Portland.

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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This paved walkway around the back cove of Portland is an excellent place to get out and enjoy the weather and get some exercise. It is a rather level walkway that goes around the entire back cove area. I think it is around 3.5 miles total. Lots of people use it, so it seems very safe, and is a popular... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

I live near here.I walk here often.Beautiful of the city skyline,and back cove.Benches to take a brake and pull in the peaceful area.

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

One full round of the trail is good enough to burn all the Saturday night party stuff! It could be windy at times and then suggest the new comers like me to dress appropriately to avoid getting frozen !

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

People use this trail a lot. It is about 3.5 miles around. It has some exercise stations and a lovely view of the cove.

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