QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: Not sure
- Trail Mileage: ~2.4 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: pond, woods, stream
Instead of catching a matinee or going on a shopping spree, go for a walk! This South Portland Land Trust trail skirts the pond behind the mall. While parts of the walk don’t let you forget you’re in an urban setting (there is some litter, and a few of the stream beds had mud the color of red bricks when I was there — but maybe that is natural?), it is peaceful and fun to be in such a different world so close to a shopping mall. Retracing my steps, I did about 2.4 miles of walking here. According to Maine Trail Finder, one of the trails here is called the Red Brook Trail (so maybe the stream is naturally red!).
Also, there is another nearby trail called South Branch Trail, extending the network of walking paths.
Directions: If you are arriving by car, use the western (or second) entrance into the Home Depot lot after you’ve turned off of Gorham Road. You’ll see a kiosk and parking to the right of the building. If you head left, you’ll walk out on a small peninsula with benches. If you go right, you’ll walk about 1.1 miles to the end of the trail on busy Westbrook Street.
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