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The Fore River Sanctuary

Portland & South Portland, Maine

Hiking Trail Running Birdwatching Snowshoeing
Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
Map 3 A4
Map 73, Greater Portland, F2 & F3
Directions:
Off Rowe Avenue by Rowe Ford on rt. 25 (just before the Pine Tree Shopping Center in Westbrook)
On Frost St. in the Maine Orthopedics parking lot off of Congress Street (Rt. 22)
 
Description
Distance: 2.5-3.5 miles one way.
 
Maine Audubon Society's preserve is located at the head of the Fore River estuary. It boasts a pocket salt marsh, hemlock ravine as well as red oak and pine trees. If you follow the walking path, you will walk within sight of Portland's only waterfall; a hidden treasure among the urban landscape. The preserve is most active in the spring when migrating birds rest and forage in the marsh and trees. The Audubon Society advertises warblers, shore and wading birds as those that frequent the area. You may spy hawks, deer or otters as well. This path is used mainly as a walking path, but is open in the winter for those with snowshoes or cross-country skis. The path is 2.5 miles of relatively flat land with slight inclines. If you choose to meander along the marsh or the trees you will extend your walk beyond the 2.5 miles. While 2.5 miles does not sound like a huge time commitment, be sure to block off an entire morning or afternoon to enjoy the sights and sounds.
 

 
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