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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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Nice Place to Walk

Nice walking trail with pleasant foliage and view of the water. Good site for Pokemon Go players as well. Small parking lot, but was not too crowded.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Waverly, Kansas
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Waverly, Kansas
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice walking trail with pleasant foliage and view of the water. Good site for Pokemon Go players as well. Small parking lot, but was not too crowded.

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So. Burlington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to walk with kids. Nice view and lots of space for everyone. Long walk so wear sturdy shoes

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We're so lucky to have this space right in the middle of town--a real respite--safe, scenic and available for free 24/7.

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Ramsey, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice walking trail and great way to start our day. We enjoyed the back cove trail just a little more than the east prom trail as the east trail goes right by the sewer treatment plant and was really smelly.

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Stratham, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

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 14 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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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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