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Back Cove Trail

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One of the oldest and most popular trails in Portland, the beautiful loop around the Back Cove offers great views of the Portland skyline.
Trail Activity
Accessible Adventure Mountain-biking Walking
3.60 miles, Loop
Gravel/Crushed Stone, Pavement


The Back Cove Trail is a 3.5 mile loop ideal for walking, running, biking and dog walking that provides beautiful views of the Cove, harbor, and downtown. Near Turkey Bridge the trail connects to both the Eastern Promenade and the Bayside Trail allowing for a continued trail experience. The paths are 5+ feet wide and compacted stone dust and paved surfaces that are mostly flat. There is a hill up to up to and down from the stretch of the Back Cove Trail that parallels I-295.

There are several benches and three seasonal water fountains (for people and pets) along the trail, and there are distance markers along its route in both miles and kilometers. Portable toilets are available in the parking areas at Preble Street Extension and Payson Park.

Read about MTF Accessibility Ambassador Enock Glidden's visit to rail trail using his wheelchair at MTF Stories

Other Information

The Back Cove Trail is a public park owned and managed by the City of Portland. 

Trail Manager

Visit Portland Trails online for more information and a printable map or contact:

Portland Trails
305 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 775-2411
City of Portland, Department of Public Services
55 Portland St.
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 874-8493

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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Wash your dishes at least 200 feet away from water sources, use biodegradable soap sparingly, and scatter the dishwater.

Trailhead Information

From I-295 take Exit 6B US-302/ME-100/Forest Ave. Turn right on Forest Avenue. Take your next right on Baxter Boulevard and your next right to Preble Street. There is a large public parking area on the Back Cove. Mileage markers start at Preble Street Extension parking lot, although trail can be joined anywhere along Baxter Boulevard. Parking is available in the lot off Preble Street Extension and on the north side of Baxter Boulevard at Payson Park. METRO Bus Route 8.

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