The Greenbelt Walkway is an off-road pathway enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors each year. From south to north, the trail spans 5.6 miles, from the Wainwright Athletic complex near the Scarborough town line to the historic Bug Light Park, where Liberty Ships were built during World War II.
The trail treats walkers, runners, and cyclists to easy strolls, three distinct vistas of the Portland waterfront. Wildlife watching along the trail is also popular at many of the fields, wetlands, marshes, and woods passed along the route. Bug Light Park, the northern end of the Greenbelt Walkway, provides expansive views of Portland Harbor and, as a 9-acre park with a beach, offers a great picnic and walking spot.
The Greenbelt Walkway also functions as the northern end of the Eastern Trail, a 65 mile, multi-use greenway in development from Kittery to South Portland, and is maintained in collaborative effort of the City of South Portland and the Eastern Trail Alliance. Nationally the Greenbelt is also designated route for the East Coast Greenway that one day hopes to extend 3,000 miles from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine.
The entirety of the Eastern Trail is built to ADA standards. The trail surface varies between pavement and stone dust/gravel; the Greenbelt Walkwalk section is all paved. Most of the trail is 10-12 feet wide, with some sections with an 8-foot width. There is a 30-inch opening between the bollards at entrances to keep out motorized vehicles, but wide enough to allow access for wheelchairs.
The trail has three primary access points:
Wainwright Athletic Fields: Winwright Fields: Follow Highland Avenue south 2.6 miles from ME Route 77 in South Portland, and look for Gary Maietta Drive on the right. From Scarbrough, follow Highland Avenue 2.8 miles north from its intersection with ME Route 207. Follow Gary Maietta Drive until it ends at the Wainwright Athletic Fields' parking lot.
Bug Light Park: Follow Broadway to its northern end in South Portland. Turn left onto Breakwater Drive and then left onto Madison Street. Follow Madison Street into Bug Light.
Mill Creek Park: Mill Creek Park is at the intersection of Broadway and Ocean Street in South Portland just east of the Casco Bay Bridge. Parking is on the street around the park.
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