Portland, ME Dog Walking Trails and Maps

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Androscoggin River Bicycle Path

2.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Auburn Riverwalk

1.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Brick, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Back Cove Trail

3.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Eastern Promenade Trail

2.1 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Eastern Trail

28.8 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Kennebec River Rail Trail

6.79 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Mountain Division Trail

9.59 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Gravel

Norway Branch Rail Trail

0.5 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone

Papermill Trail

3.97 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Riverton Rail Trail

1.5 mi
State: ME
Concrete, Dirt, Sand

Whitman Spring Road Trail

2 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Conway Branch

21 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Gravel

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

12 mi
State: NH
Gravel

Dover Community Trail

4.2 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail

6 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail

5.9 mi
State: ME
Gravel

WW&F Narrow Gauge Trail

0.68 mi
State: ME
Dirt, Grass

Old Narrow Gauge Volunteer Trail

1.25 mi
State: ME
Ballast, Dirt

Bayside Trail

1 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Beth Condon Memorial Pathway

1.8 mi
State: ME
Asphalt
Accordion

Fore River Parkway Trail

2.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

North Conway Recreation Path

2.9 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Boardwalk

South Portland Greenbelt Walkway

5.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview Brunswick, Maine is home to the Androscoggin River Bicycle Trail, a multipurpose recreational trail nestled between the river and US Route 1. The trail stretches 2.6 miles from...
ME 2.6 mi Asphalt
The Auburn Riverwalk passes through the heart of the old mill district of the Twin Cities of Auburn and Lewiston. The 1.6-mile paved and gravel path offers many scenic views of the Androscoggin River,...
ME 1.6 mi Asphalt, Brick, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The paved Back Cove Trail rings its namesake tidal basin and offers lovely views of the Portland skyline. You also might spot great blue herons or other birds along the tree-lined waterfront. A...
ME 3.6 mi Asphalt
Old salts should love the Eastern Promenade Trail, as it skirts the shoreline of Portland’s Casco Bay and Portland Harbor. The 2.1-mile paved trail is always within sight of the water and is one of...
ME 2.1 mi Asphalt
Overview    The Eastern Trail connects the historic towns along Maine’s southern coast from the woods near Kennebunk to South Portland’s harbor lighthouse. About the Route  The Eastern Trail...
ME 28.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Overview Visitors to the 6.79-mile-long Kennebec River Rail Trail mostly stay within sight of the wide river as the paved trail links the state capital of Augusta with the river towns of Hallowell,...
ME 6.79 mi Asphalt
Overview The Mountain Division Trail exists as two separate segments of what will eventually be a more than 50-mile-long trail from Fryeburg to Portland. The northern section runs for nearly 4...
ME 9.59 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Norway Branch Rail Trail sits on the former railbed of the Norway Branch Railroad which once connected the communities of Norway and South Paris. The trail runs from Beal Street in the west to...
ME 0.5 mi Crushed Stone
Overview The Papermill Trail celebrates the heritage of mills in the development of the town of Lisbon and the surrounding area while providing an easy, pleasant 4-mile trail experience for users...
ME 3.97 mi Asphalt
The scenic Riverton Rail Trail—also known as “Sandy Road” by residents of Portland’s Riverton neighborhood—follows the former corridor of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban Railroad, which stopped...
ME 1.5 mi Concrete, Dirt, Sand
The trail sits on the northwestern shore of Lake Auburn. A former roadway, the wide gravel path can accommodate various kinds of uses including, running, biking, walking dogs. And in the winter, the...
ME 2 mi Gravel
The Conway Branch trail runs for 21 miles along an old rail corridor between State Route 113 in Conway and Polly's Crossing in Ossipee. The trail is popular with snowmobiles and rail car clubs; the...
NH 21 mi Ballast, Gravel
The Cotton Valley Rail Trail connects the small town of Wakefield, near the Maine border, and the quintessentially quaint New England vacation town of Wolfeboro. In 2017 the towns held a...
NH 12 mi Gravel
Overview The Dover Community Trail snakes its way through the heart of the Garrison City—so nicknamed for the fortified log houses, or garrisons, built by 17th-century settlers—-offering a variety...
NH 4.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail runs for 6 miles between the towns of Rochester and Farmington. The trail parallels the Cocheco River and State Route 11 through a wooded corridor. The trail is...
NH 6 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
Overview  The Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail runs for 5.9 miles between Sanford and Springvale. The gravel trail traverses the woods on either side of Sanford’s scenic Springvale community as it...
ME 5.9 mi Gravel
Owned and actively maintained by the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway museum, this trail meanders along the currently disused railroad right of way through the Town of Alna in the village...
ME 0.68 mi Dirt, Grass
The Old Narrow Gauge Volunteer Trail occupies a portion of the old Kennebec Central Railroad right-of-way in the town of Randolph, ME. As of 2012, the trail runs for 1.25 miles between Water Street in...
ME 1.25 mi Ballast, Dirt
Portland’s Bayside Trail packs a lot into its 1-mile length. The paved pathway provides a pleasant route between commercial and residential areas in the Bayside and East Bayside neighborhoods. Once an...
ME 1 mi Asphalt
The Beth Condon Memorial Pathway is located in the heart of Yarmouth, Maine. The path is named in honor of a high school student who was struck by a drunk driver while walking along US-1. The paved...
ME 1.8 mi Asphalt
Accordion
Portland’s Fore River Parkway Trail provides an important transportation link in the community while at the same time offering sweeping views of the Fore River. At the north end of the trail, you’ll...
ME 2.6 mi Asphalt
The North Conway Recreation Path (aka the Mt Washington Valley Recreational Path or MWV Rec Path) opened in July 2023.  Extending 2.9 miles between Cranmore Mountain Resort and Hemlock Lane in the...
NH 2.9 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Meandering through South Portland, the Greenbelt Walkway connects the neighborhoods south of the Fore River. The paved, multiuse trail offers three distinct vistas of the Portland waterfront and...
ME 5.6 mi Asphalt

Recent Trail Reviews

Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail

Needs some serious work.

July, 2024 by bstnh1

Tried riding this trail with a regular (skinny tire) bike. That's close to impossible. It's pretty obvious the trail has not been and is not maintained. It's rutted, has tree roots across it , has wet, muddy areas and worst of all, it has sections of very soft sand that make biking on it nearly impossible. It crosses NH Rte.11, a major two lane 55MPH highway, so be prepared. It is definitely not handicapped accessible. There are no facilities of any kind along or adjacent to the trail. Overall, a huge disappointment.

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

Nine riders went in. Only 4 came out without injury. Dangerous crossings over rails. Zigzag back and forth across tracks. Why not stay on just one side???? Needs maintenance to make it safer.

July, 2024 by dewmara_tl

Nine riders went in. Only 4 came out without injury. Dangerous crossings over rails. Zigzag back and forth across tracks. Why not stay on just one side???? Needs maintenance to make it safer.

Eastern Promenade Trail

For rollerblades, not good

June, 2024 by kdcspamspam

It is paved but it’s still very bumpy. Not ideal for rollerblades

Accordion

Mountain Division Trail

Good but hilly

June, 2024 by kdcspamspam

We rollerbladed down this path, starting at the Maine State Visitor information center. It was smooth but very hilly. Also we tried to start in Standish but it was not paved.

Papermill Trail

Beautiful scenery and easy walk.

June, 2024 by didio.martinez.tercero

Beautiful scenery and easy walk.

Eastern Trail

Kennebunk to Biddeford

April, 2024 by hammer757

Nice section starting from the Kennebunk elementary school parking lot. The trail switches to road riding in Biddeford turn left when the trail ends and you’ll see a Dunkin Donuts. Can you say coffee and pee

Eastern Promenade Trail

Eastern Promenade Trail

November, 2023 by thejake91739

At only 2.1 miles, Eastern Promenade Trail packs a great deal of interest into its short length.

Starting near the Highway 295 bridge you'll be blessed with sensational views of the bay. Next, as you make your way past Fish Point, you'll be rewarded with the sight of massive cruise ships, vintage narrow gauge trains, and historic buildings.

What brought the greatest pleasure to me on this October Sunday morning bike ride were the throngs of people walking their dogs! It was like being at the National Dog Show! I had to stop at East End Beach which is essentially a dog park to watch the dogs happily play and cavort. This trail was most heavily populated with the dog walkers, joggers, and other pedestrians. We bicyclists were few and far between.

Be sure to combine this with the Back Cove Trail loop for nearly 8 miles of riding and get more bang for your buck!

(But do not bother combining it with another connecting trail - the Bayside Trail, which doesn't go along a bay and is about as appealing as riding down an alley)

Back Cove Trail

Back Cove Trail

November, 2023 by thejake91739

Back Cove Trail is short, but sweet. The hard packed dirt is perfect for a jog, walk, or quick bike ride.

I started at 8:00 on an exceptionally still, brisk, mid October Sunday morning. The water was like glass and provided a perfect reflection of the downtown Portland skyline.

Other photo ops of the cove, wildlife, and beautiful classic homes were revealed to me as I made my way around the loop.

At only 3.6 miles, be sure to combine this with the also interesting Eastern Promenade Bike Trail for a total of nearly 8 miles between the two.

(Don't bother including the Bayside Trail which also connects to Back Cove and Promenade. It doesn't go by a bay and is about as appealing as riding down an alley)

Eastern Trail

Eastern Trail - Biddeford to Kennebunk

November, 2023 by thejake91739

Imagine having a country estate in the woods of Maine and being afforded the opportunity for long, leisurely strolls down your own private lane. That's the feel of the Eastern Trail experience from Biddeford to Kennebunk.

I did it on a bike rather than on foot, but most of the friendly locals I encountered were walking or jogging to take advantage of the ideal weather and perfectly flat, smooth trail for a mid October afternoon outing.

Because of the natural trail surface and the spectacular fall color, I chose to take it nice and slow in order to savor my time there. I can't imagine doing this trail any other way since I found myself carefully peering into the woods on both sides taking in the sights.

My memories of this trail are of simplicity and peacefulness: a beaver pond here, a small creek winding through the woods there, the crossing of the Kennebunk River, a single track muddy path up to Alewive Road in Kennebunk after crossing over busy Highway 95, conversing with friendly local bicyclists, and of course the wooden rail fences lining much of the leaf carpeted trail through the gloriously colored woodlands.

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

Beautiful fun trail

October, 2023 by bob150

My wife and I love this trail. We ride trails throughout NE and in NY and PA. This one is right up there among the best. The first leg from the Sanbornville roundabout has some rough sections that can be easily avoided by starting at the next parking area. ( where there is a spotless rent-a potty). From there the trail is smooth dirt surface. It is one lane wide either along side of the old tracks or between. Although it doesn’t make for good side by side riding it gives the trail an intimate charming feel. It crosses inside and outside the tracks often which is easy and makes it more interesting. The views constantly amaze and a f

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

Beautiful

October, 2023 by virginia.gambrell

One of the most beautiful rail trails in NH. In the fall it is breathtaking. It is quite narrow though, so passing requires one to step off the trail. The trail crosses over the tracks every mile or two and there's been mats or planks placed there to make crossing easier with bike tires. However for the most part the mats have been worn down so much they're mostly useless. There are also many spots where the chip and sand have eroded away so dismounting is necessary.

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

unique trail but be careful

October, 2023 by rf0595

My brother and I are experienced cyclists who rode this trail on our e-bikes twice this summer, with different experiences. Our first ride in June was a warm day after a warm night, and we had no problem riding across rails (on rubber mats) to ride from one side of the rails to the other side, or between the rails, as the metal rails were dry. Our second ride in October was on a warm day after a cold night where the temperature dropped below the dew point and water condensed on the rails. Though the air temperature warmed up, the rails (in the shady woods) remained cold and so continued to be wet and slippery. My tire slipped and I went down once before I realized that water was not evaporating off the rails except where rails were in direct sunlight. Fortunately I only suffered a skinned knee. After that I made all transitions with one foot off the pedal. My 1 5/8 inch tires were OK for the ride, but I would never ride my skinny-tire road bike here. I will return because this is a unique trail in beautiful surroundings, and the 25 mile round trip from Wakefield (with lunch on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro) is a beautiful day trip from Southern Maine.

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