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Fore River Sanctuary

#84 of 151 things to do in Portland Features Animals
Rowe Avenue, Portland, ME 04102
+1 207-781-2330
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Outdoor retreat

If you love being outdoors, hikes, sounds of nature, and wildlife then you should go here. It's not... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2016
Rochester, New York
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A Find in the City

Look up the review by Mainemountainbear who tells you all you need to know. It is predominantly a... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2016
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Rowe Avenue, Portland, ME 04102
+1 207-781-2330
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Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

If you love being outdoors, hikes, sounds of nature, and wildlife then you should go here. It's not a very hard hike/walk but if you like peace and quiet you'll love this.

Thank cgrace002
Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Look up the review by Mainemountainbear who tells you all you need to know. It is predominantly a series of trails in the woods, with well blazed trails and convenient markers at most intersections. Depending on the trails taken you may cross a lightly used...More

Thank JHAllen
Reviewed 19 May 2016

The trails are easy to hike, and the paths are clear but I think they could be marked better. It's not the most exciting hike or waterfall but it was still nice. The marshland was neat & there were plenty of birds to see! I...More

Thank KatMat623
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

This was a somewhat boring trail - well maintained though. The salt water marsh is interesting. Not sure I would walk to the falls again - it's very small and typical. This trail honestly doesn't compare to the many others readily available in Maine. If...More

Thank familymanBoston_MASS
Reviewed 19 April 2016

This trail was super close to the hotel we were staying at. My wife wore my daughter, and I walked with the dog, and there are some semi-steep inclines, but overall not a rough walk. The waterfall is small, nothing out of this world, but...More

Thank CEFrappier
Reviewed 21 December 2015

Love Fore River Sanctuary. Fairly easy hike, some incline and uneven footing, but overall and lovely place. Don't miss Jewell Falls, the only waterfall in Portland.

Thank Aimee L
Reviewed 15 August 2015

We enjoyed a nice 2-3 mile hike though the sanctuary, appreciating the well-kept trail, walking from Crest St. to Jewell Falls and back. The Falls were a nice calming oasis in the city.

Thank ARF-GF
Reviewed 24 October 2013

Good walk, beautiful trees, history of the area, and obviously a determined effort by Portlanders to preserve wildlife.

1  Thank John T
Reviewed 6 October 2013

We parked on Hillcrest. Nicely maintained FOREST trails. Trail from Rowe Ave. narrow, trash filled path though unmaintained field. Overall lovely walking trail, but too many off-leash dogs!! and the "loop" is waaay to long. We didn't even get half way, before turning around.

1  Thank Mattstill4ever
Reviewed 6 July 2013

Open daily dawn to dusk, this pleasant 85-acre (34.4-ha) nature sanctuary is near the 5.7-mile (9.1-km) Fore River. It is at the site of the former 27-lock Cumberland and Oxford Canal (1832-1870), which once connected Portland’s harbor and the Fore River estuary with Sebago Lake...More

14  Thank mainemountainbear
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