Back Cove Trail
Back Cove Trail
4.5
About
Portland's most popular and well-known trail offers view of the city skyline.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.

Top ways to experience Back Cove Trail and nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles153 reviews
Excellent
86
Very good
49
Average
15
Poor
1
Terrible
2

Pamela V
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Pulled into the parking lot and was quite excited to find such a large and free parking area so we could get out and walk. Immediately felt a bit uncomfortable. Saw a few people sitting in their cars, some on benches, sleeping. Pulled up next to a car w three adults in it apparently passed out. As we walked past, one of the woman ‘woke up’, looking quite out of it. It was then I saw the bottle of syringes with her trying to get one out. Man in the front seat head hung down, otp ally out of it. Someone in the port a John yelling, either to someone else in there or to no one. Got back in our car and left. Portland has an obvious homeless population, but this felt downright unsafe, especially to leave our car. Don’t recommend for families.
Written 20 September 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MaineMountainOwl
Maine282 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This broad, 3.6-mile (5.8 km), urban trail makes a circuit around Portland’s Back Cove. It affords views of the city skyline, but isn’t all that scenic at most times of day. Most of it parallels historic, two-lane Baxter Boulevard. Interval markers indicate mileage. Shade trees line most of its section along the boulevard. The trail attracts runners, walkers, and bicyclists. Its surface ranges from compact earth to asphalt and concrete over and near Tukey’s Bridge, which carries I-295 and US 1. Grades are flat along the boulevard and moderate by the highway bridge. Both litter and graffiti are rare but evident in spots. Free parking is in lots at Preble Street Extension and in nearby Payson Park. I most like the views from the boulevard; I least like the inevitable traffic noise along the bridge section.
Written 26 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jdonn
New York, NY20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We read about this trail and expected a tranquil walk with a view of the sunset. Perhaps that is what one would find initially if driving or riding a bike. However, walking from the old port, we encountered heavy car traffic with areas where there was no sidewalk. When we arrived at the trail, we found that much of the trail abuts a major highway, and it was anything but peaceful. This would be a convenient path for running or riding a bike, but to characterize it as a nature trail is very misleading. It was probably a lovely path before the expressways were built. Sadly, those days are gone.
Written 21 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Amilcar Guzman
Harwood Heights, IL934 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
My wife and I visited Portland for our anniversary weekend. We stayed close to downtown and I was looking for a place to run an exercise. This is the perfect place to run and walk around.
Written 5 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NHWanderlust
NH1,795 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
We were looking for a spot to enjoy the outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Back Cove Trail in Portland was perfect. One of us uses a motorized wheelchair so this was a great place to go since the trail is wide and flat. There weren't very many people there since the day was a bit on the brisk side, and it was low tide while we were there, but it was still worth the trip. There's lots to learn about our ecosystem here, especially the importance of salt marshes and mudflats. Would love to go back at high tide someday, and would also like to explore the Baxter Trail nearby.
Written 1 June 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AlexanderD
Jackson, NJ5,612 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
I rode this trail my first afternoon in Portland. It is 3.5 miles around and is mostly flat. Even the stretches which parallel busy streets are well separated from them. There is a stretch where the trail goes alongside Route 1, for example, but as you ride you are shielded from the highway by a railing, grass median, and then another railing and a fence. There is a brief stretch where there is just a concrete barrier. Throughout you are safe and it a stress free ride. There is also ample parking near the Hannaford supermarket.

The ride itself is quite nice. You can enjoy the views of the Back Cove, the trail is wide, and it wasn’t too crowded when I went. Walk, run, bike, do as many laps as you wish. This is a good trail.
Written 16 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Z1031JIjanp
Boston, MA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Such a great place to jog or bike or walk. Lots of waterfowl to see and dogs too. I would stick to the north side, as the south side goes right beside the highway.
Written 6 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

mainemountainbear
Texas Gulf Coast, TX1,159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
This wide, mostly flat, 3.6-mile (5.8 km) loop trail made a loop around the nearly circular 340-acre (137.6 h) tidal basin of Back Cove. It ran beside Baxter Boulevard and I-295. It had interval distance markers. Memorial linden trees lined some of it. Much of it had open views of Portland’s peculiar skyline. On the Boulevard were a few turnouts with limited free parking. Adjacent Payson Park had more free places to park. The trail was a magnet for walkers and runners of all kinds. The Boulevard beside the trail similarly attracted bicyclists of all kinds; it was closed to motor traffic on Sundays (May-September) – so be forewarned!
Written 13 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NXTTRP
St. Petersburg, FL2,491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
We walked further than anticipated, but thoroughly enjoyed linking together the Prom Trail and the Back Cove Trail. We were impressed by the view, usage, condition and maintenance of the BCT. I have only one suggestion for this Trail, that would be to add more complete maps for first time or out of town users.

I also wish that such a traffic-free, mindless trek were more available on a daily basis.
Written 3 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NewHampshireLovetogo
New Hampshire714 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Need some simple exercise when you're in Portland? Walk the 3.6 mile Back Cove Trail. Park at Payson Park for free and use the crosswalk to get to the trail. Bikes, runners and walkers are all welcome. It's especially lovely at high tide.
Written 18 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 150
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Back Cove Trail - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024) - Tripadvisor

All Portland HotelsPortland Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Portland
All things to do in Portland
Day Trips in Portland
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday homesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire