Fore River Sanctuary Trail

MODERATE 74 reviews

Fore River Sanctuary Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Portland, Maine 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.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
157 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

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
11 days ago

Wonderful little set of trails right in Portland; impressively diverse landscapes and tons of wildlife. Feels very secluded and private, if it weren't for the distant traffic noise you wouldn't know you were in a heavily populated area. Trails are well maintained and adequately marked. The laminated trail maps found at some of the intersections are usable but the relative distances shown aren't very accurate so keep that in mind.

walking
1 month ago

It was very beautiful. I wish the trails were marked better, but I will definitely go again.

1 month ago

Great easy hike. Did with a 3 and a 7 year old. Open areas along the water get hot and sunny while the wooded sections offer shade. Many mountain bikes and dogs. Saw a great blue heron and an egret (I think). Easy footing. Not easy/wide enough for a stroller, but easy enough for the toddler’s little feet! A few benches along the way to sit and watch the birds.

3 months ago

This is a great, easy trail. One of our favorite places to hike.

5 months ago

Perfect trail right in Portland

hiking
6 months ago

Nicely groomed, should probably be listed as “easy”. Thank you!

6 months ago

Did this yesterday with my 14 year old dog who is in great shape. Lots of side trails to add to the mileage. Beautiful changes in scenery. Not sure why this is rated as moderate. I love it!

trail running
7 months ago

5 minutes from downtown Portland and you couldn't feel more away from it all. Great for dogs!

hiking
8 months ago

The scenery & terrain was nice. Trail could have been marked a bit better.

9 months ago

I would call this trail "easy", but still a nice little hike right in town.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike. Simple, well defined trails and pretty landscape.

hiking
11 months ago

Good hike, a cool waterfall.

11 months ago

This trail was great for the area. Never thought I would hike Portland. Started down the street from my house in Westbrook

Friday, June 02, 2017

Lots of great places to have your dog swim around!

hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Great trail! A hidden gem in the city.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Well, marked, easy trail for relative beginners or hiking with kids (as I was today).

walking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Beautiful walk great for bird watching.

trail running
Thursday, September 08, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Loved it peaceful

hiking
Thursday, April 14, 2016

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.

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