Great Pond Trail

The trail provides a varied experience of walking through fields, woodland and wetland marsh, and includes an overlook of Great Pond. With one exception near Davis Point, the trail has little grade change and follows board walk much of the way.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Walking Hiking
1.5 miles, One Way
Easy, Moderate
Cape Elizabeth
Dirt/Forest Floor, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging


The trail follows the eastern shores of Great Pond and provides a varied experience of walking through fields and forest and over wetland marsh on a raised boardwalk. Overlooks and views of Great Pond can be seen most of the way, as can evidence of beaver activity and other wildlife signs that are often seen from the trail.

While most of the trail has minimal grade changes, the path north of Davis Point overlook has an extreme grade drop that will challenge many trail users.

Trail Manager

Visit the Town of Cape Elizabeth or Cape Elizabeth Land Trust online for more information or contact:

Town of Cape Elizabeth

Town of Cape Elizabeth
PO Box 6260
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Phone: (207) 799-0115
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Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

Cape Elizabeth Land Trust
330 Ocean House Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Phone: (207) 767-6054
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Trail Tips

Leave What You Find
Avoid the introduction or transport of non-native species. Use local firewood from within 50 miles and clean, drain, and dry water equipment when moving between water bodies.
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Trailhead Information

Parking and access to the Great Pond Trail is off ME-77. Follow ME-77 south from its intersection with Shore Road for 1.9 miles. Coming from Scarborough, continue on ME-77/Bowery Beach Road 1.9 miles past Spurwink Avenue. Park along one of the side streets and walk to the trailhead. The trailhead is across from the Kettle Cove Creamery and Cafe; look for the sign.

The northern end of the trail is accessed from the end of Fenway Road and from Vernon Road. You can park on either side of Fenway Road, but please do not park in the cul-de-sac.

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October 28, 2022
October 28th 2022 - BEWARE! Parked near Kettle Cove creamery and entered the trail head. On the way home I discovered me and my dog were covered in the tiniest sized ticks I have ever seen.
March 14, 2021
We did Great Pond Preserve yesterday and enjoyed it very much! We parked off the Fenway Rd trailhead. The "pond" looks more like a lake and the trail goes by a boat launch and winds around wetlands with a long boardwalk. My favorite part was Davis Point as there were stone steps leading up to it and the views of the pond were very scenic! After our hike, we went to Two Lights State Park as it was close by.
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