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“I know a lot of people like this trail, but I'm not a fan”
Review of Back Cove Trail

Back Cove Trail
Ranked #27 of 146 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Portland's most popular and well-known trail offers view of the city skyline.
Portland, Maine
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“I know a lot of people like this trail, but I'm not a fan”
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 Promenade any time over Back Cove any time.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Noisy by the road”
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 :(

Visited September 2013
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Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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264 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Great trail for running or walking”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Titusville
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1,620 reviews
1,090 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,306 helpful votes
“Safe place to exercise”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

The trail circles Back Cove and part of it runs along 295 while the inner side is along a park and residential area. When the tide it out, it can be a little aromatic. Since there are no serious hills i makes for nice biking and running. Markers along the way tell you how far you have traveled. It is popular so you will not be running all alone and there is constant police activity. there are a few exercise stations along part of the way, Parking near Hannafords or along the park across from 295. Mothers with baby carriages, older people walking, strong and weak runners, and bikers frequent this 3 mile circle. Nice area and one time one of the best residential areas in Portland.

Visited August 2013
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NYC
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115 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“One side is pretty, the other isn't!”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Needed a place for my morning run - and the trail is 3.5 miles - it's nice enough for running, i.e. a proper trail and wasn't crowded, but nothing special from a views perspective. At one point you're near 295 and from the other side, it's definitely prettier, but not picturesque. Worth it for the run, but for views go to the Eastern Promenade.

Visited August 2013
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