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Baxter Woods

Percival Baxter's other gift, Baxter Woods is a tranquil oasis in the heart of Portland. Winding trails with excellent birding are just steps away from the bustle of urban life.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Mountain-biking Cross-country-skiing Walking
1.50 miles, Network
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Permitted on leash


Baxter Woods is a City-owned 30-acre nature preserve offering towering pines and quiet, shaded trails suitable for foot and bike traffic. The park is open from dawn to dusk. A large informational sign marks the start of the main trail from Stevens Avenue. Due to large tree roots on some of the smaller trails, wheelchairs and strollers may want to stick to the main trail, which runs from Stevens Avenue to Forest Avenue. The trails connect to Evergreen Cemetery at a marked crosswalk on Stevens Avenue.

Other Information

This trail is co-managed by the City of Portland and Portland Trails. 

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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Trailhead Information

Baxter Woods can be accessed directly off Forest Avenue (US Route 302). Some limited street parking is available along Hartley Street, Stevens, and Forest Avenues. METRO Bus Routes 2 and 3.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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August 02, 2022
A remote feel in the big city. Very enjoyable walk in the woods.
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