Posted on April 11, 2017 and last updated on October 09, 2023

Eastern Prom and Back Cove, Portland


  • Preserve Size: NA
  • Trail Mileage: 6.8 miles all together
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Back Cove, Casco Bay, sandy beach

This is a classic — and very popular trail — in the city. And it’s really beautiful — especially the Eastern Prom section, especially during sunrises and sunsets. The whole Portland Trails path is either paved or packed gravel, and there is also a bike path alongside it in parts. The Back Cove section of the trail is about 3.6 miles, and every quarter mile is posted. The Eastern Prom section goes by the water treatment plant, which can be an olfactory experience, but then it takes you to the shore, expansive views of the bay, and to a little sandy beach on its way into the Old Port. It is wheelchair accessible.

Directions: There are two easy places to park to start your walk, one off Preble Street, opposite the Hannaford grocery store. The other place is on the Eastern Prom.

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Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!