Fore River Sanctuary Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Fore River Sanctuary Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Portland, ME that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles 270 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

wildlife

This 85-acre preserve is the home of Jewell Falls, Portland ‘s only natural waterfall, as well as the site of the former Cumberland and Oxford Canal. The lowland area, where salt and freshwater marsh meet, provides great bird-watching opportunities. The land around the falls was donated to Portland Trails by the family of Tom Jewell, one of Portland Trails’ founders. Open from dawn to dusk, year-round. Dogs, accompanied by responsible owners, are allowed in some areas, watch for signs. A short walk down Congress Street sidewalks leads to the Fore River Trail and Stroudwater Trail. To connect to the Capisic Brook Trail, follow a path from Frost Street up to Riverview Street.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful walk great for bird watching.

trail running
2 months ago

Great city trail. As someone who lives in Portland, this trail serves as a fulfilling place to get in a trail run or short mountain biking workout. I give it three stars because I'm comparing it to the white mountain hikes of NH, which is apples and oranges.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Loved it peaceful

hiking
7 months ago

Good walk, beautiful trees, history of the area, and obviously a determined effort by Portlanders to preserve wildlife. This 85-acre preserve is the home of Jewell Falls, Portland‘s only natural waterfall, as well as the site of the former Cumberland and Oxford Canal. The lowland area, where salt and freshwater marsh meet, provides great bird-watching opportunities. Great for all seasons.