Back Cove Trail

This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
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
4.2 miles, Loop
Gravel/Crushed Stone, Pavement


Parking lots for this trail have been closed by the City of Portland in order to promote social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Back Cove Trail is a 3.5 mile loop ideal for walking, running, biking and dog walking. providing 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 stone dust and paved surfaces that are mostly flat, with only a slight rise along 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.

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

Portland Trails
305 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 775-2411

City of Portland, Department of Public Services

City of Portland, Department of Public Services
55 Portland St.
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 874-8493

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Trail Tips

Minimize Campfire Impacts
Keep campfires small and contained to established fire rings in permitted sites only.
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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.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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