It’s a great time of year to enjoy beautiful fall foliage while exploring all of the wonderful trails in Maine. If you want to stay close to town with your furry friend, here’s a list of some of the best dog friendly trails in the Portland area.
Back Cove Trail - Great views of the Portland skyline and one of the oldest trails in the area. Great for walking and biking. Length: 3.6 miles.
Baxter Woods - 30 acre nature preserve with quiet and shaded trails for walking and biking. Length: .75 mile.
Bayside Trail - Paved trail provides access to local businesses and downtown through the Bayside and East Bayside neighborhoods. Length: 1 mile.
Capisic Brook Trail - Great birdwatching and views of Capisic Pond, Portland’s largest freshwater pond, from this 18 acre preserve.
Eastern Promenade Trail - Waterfront trail with spectacular harbor and ocean views. Beaches, picnic tables, and swimming. Length: 2.1 miles.
Fore River Sanctuary - This trail features Portland’s only waterfall, Jewell Falls. Great for birdwatching. Length: 5.6 miles.
Harborwalk Trail - Paved trails connect South Portland’s Bug Light Park and Portland’s East End Beach. Length: 5.2 miles.
Jack Path - Wooded trail is popular for students and residents. Provides some of the best views in Portland.
Mackworth Island - Easy trail offering excellent views of Casco Bay. Legislated bird sanctuary. Length: 1.25 miles.
Martin’s Point Trail - Great views of Portland and the islands of Casco Bay. Paved trail with picnic tables. Length: .25 mile.
Oak Nuts Park - This popular trail connects to the Presumpscot River Preserve. Unpaved wooded trail. Length: 1 mile.
Ocean Ave Recreation Area - Offers a range of trails from easy grade and level to moderately sloping and uneven. Length: 2.5 miles.
Riverton Rail Trail - Also known as “Sandy Road”, this flat and scenic trail is great for running and biking. Length: 1.5 miles.
Riverton Trolley Park - Riverfront trail features glimpses of historic ruins on hilly terrain. Length: 2 miles.
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