Posted on June 8, 2015 and last updated on August 16, 2017

Ocean Ave. Recreation Area and Quarry Run Dog Park, Portland


  • Preserve Size: Not sure
  • Trail Mileage: ~3 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: former landfill, field, forests, dog park

This is a dog and dog lover paradise. Adjacent to the park that now encompasses the old city landfill is a fenced-in area, with trails, wildflowers, nooks and crannies, and a big open play space for dogs to run around off-leash. The three or so miles of trails around the old landfill are quite nice as well. The landfill is now like a big, high, flower-covered meadow that you can walk up and over to reach some forested trails on the other side. The only problem with this place, and other Portland trails I’ve walked, is there are no great maps available, so keep your wits and bearing about you! The map on the Portland Trails site is okay — I used it more or less successfully to find my way through the woods and back to my parked car. My map is, as usual, a bit of a disaster. Hopefully it will at least let you know where the place is.

Directions:  The best place to park is at the official entrance, where Presumpscot Street and Ocean Avenue meet. While there are access trails throughout the park, none of them provide superb parking, although you can probably find a space to pullover on the various side streets.


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