Back Cove Trail
Back Cove Trail
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Portland's most popular and well-known trail offers view of the city skyline.
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MaineMountainOwl
Maine287 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This broad, 3.6-mile (5.8 km), urban trail makes a circuit around Portland’s Back Cove. It affords views of the city skyline, but isn’t all that scenic at most times of day. Most of it parallels historic, two-lane Baxter Boulevard. Interval markers indicate mileage. Shade trees line most of its section along the boulevard. The trail attracts runners, walkers, and bicyclists. Its surface ranges from compact earth to asphalt and concrete over and near Tukey’s Bridge, which carries I-295 and US 1. Grades are flat along the boulevard and moderate by the highway bridge. Both litter and graffiti are rare but evident in spots. Free parking is in lots at Preble Street Extension and in nearby Payson Park. I most like the views from the boulevard; I least like the inevitable traffic noise along the bridge section.
Written May 26, 2021
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Pamela V
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Pulled into the parking lot and was quite excited to find such a large and free parking area so we could get out and walk. Immediately felt a bit uncomfortable. Saw a few people sitting in their cars, some on benches, sleeping. Pulled up next to a car w three adults in it apparently passed out. As we walked past, one of the woman ‘woke up’, looking quite out of it. It was then I saw the bottle of syringes with her trying to get one out. Man in the front seat head hung down, otp ally out of it. Someone in the port a John yelling, either to someone else in there or to no one. Got back in our car and left. Portland has an obvious homeless population, but this felt downright unsafe, especially to leave our car. Don’t recommend for families.
Written September 20, 2022
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jdonn
New York, NY22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We read about this trail and expected a tranquil walk with a view of the sunset. Perhaps that is what one would find initially if driving or riding a bike. However, walking from the old port, we encountered heavy car traffic with areas where there was no sidewalk. When we arrived at the trail, we found that much of the trail abuts a major highway, and it was anything but peaceful. This would be a convenient path for running or riding a bike, but to characterize it as a nature trail is very misleading. It was probably a lovely path before the expressways were built. Sadly, those days are gone.
Written September 21, 2020
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ra_ne_na
Ridge, NY17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
There is absolutely nothing good about this trail for a tourist.
It is a local hangout joint for joggers and walkers.
Written June 2, 2012
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Janet0256
Basingstoke86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
This walk is 3.5 miles long and takes you round the back cove. A flat walk through some lovely residential area. Great for the bird life and the trees. Unfortunately, there are no refreshment stops, so it is best to take some with you as on a hot day you can get very thirsty. We did this walk as a start to our day in Portland before taking the Harbour Cruise.
Written October 20, 2016
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TRichards19
Portland, ME69 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
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 Promenade any time over Back Cove any time.
Written October 7, 2013
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Amilcar Guzman
Harwood Heights, IL549 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
My wife and I visited Portland for our anniversary weekend. We stayed close to downtown and I was looking for a place to run an exercise. This is the perfect place to run and walk around.
Written July 5, 2020
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Z1031JIjanp
Boston, MA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Such a great place to jog or bike or walk. Lots of waterfowl to see and dogs too. I would stick to the north side, as the south side goes right beside the highway.
Written August 6, 2019
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Steve S
Smithfield, ME294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
This walk has it all, great view, loads of birds, and wonderful archeticture to look at. The houses are amazing, love the old sea captain homes. The widow walks are very cool. There is so much history here. I also love all the amazing places to eat near by.
Written January 22, 2018
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Nellie F
Cape Elizabeth, ME338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
We take this 3-4 mile walk each time we visit. It's a great way to walk off your restaurant enjoyment and if you need a bathroom, you can go to the Hannaford grocery store nearby.
Written September 5, 2017
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