Back Cove Trail

Maine

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Back Cove Trail Facts

States: Maine
Counties: Cumberland
Length: 3.6 miles
Trail end points: Turkey Bridge/I-295 and Back Cove Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9405183

Back Cove Trail Description

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 good place to begin your journey is Payson Park, on the cove's north shore, where you’ll find parking and the Longfellow Arboretum, which is worth checking out before your journey. On the south side of the bay, Back Cove Park offers several athletic fields.

If you circle the cove in a counterclockwise direction, you’ll approach trail’s end near Turkey Bridge, where there are two other trails that you could hop on to extend your trip: the Bayside Trail and East Promenade Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at Payson Park (421 Ocean Ave.) and Back Cove Park (Preble St. and Highway 1).

Back Cove Trail Reviews

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Interesting to be able to see the entire loop from the starting point. Only one real incline at the overpass. We added an out and back on Eastern Promenade Trail to get 9.9 total miles.

Back Cove

s

This is a 3.6 mile loop around the bay. The trail gets a lot of use, which makes it very safe. Only one hill. Great trail for bikers, runners, or walkers.

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