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Portland & South Portland, Maine

Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
Map 3 A5 & Map 5 E5
Site along Shoreway Trail
This walk winds through the city of Portland and South Portland and is accessible from any point along path with the exception of the Casco Bay Bridge section. You can start at either end of the walk. The more popular starting point is the Eastern Prom Trail. The other end is Spring Point Ledge Light lighthouse (locally known as Bug Light) next to the Southern Maine Technical College campus in South Portland.
Eastern Prom Starting Point
From Portland's Congress Street drive East to the 'T' intersection with the Eastern Promenade. Turn Right. Take the first Left, Cutter Steet, down the hill into the East End Park. Parking is available, as well as public restrooms.
Spring Point Ledge Light (Bug Light) Starting Point
From Route 77 South, turn Left on Broadway. At the 'T' intersection with Pickett Street, turn Right. At the 'T' intersection with Fort Road at Southern Maine Technical College, turn Left. This road will end at Spring Point Park. Turn Right into the parking lot.
Distance: 6 miles one way.
If you have never walked along this path before, you should block off a good portion of your day, as you will be swept up in the sites and sounds of the shops and views while exploring Portland Trails newest path. A recent discovery, I have not had a chance to walk the entire trail. There are signs clearly marked with Portland Trails' logo directing you along your way. If you start at the Eastern Prom, you can enjoy the views of Casco Bay as you walk near the scenic railroad and Shoreway Trail Sign the working waterfront. As you come on to the Portland's waterfront, the path will wind its way in and out of the piers. You will pass the Ferry Terminal, many restaurants and fish markets as well as specialty markets. The path continues on to the recently rebuilt Casco Bay Bridge. The Bridge provides a protected and lighted paved path. Crossing over the bridge allows for some amazing views of both Portland and South Portland with Casco Bay in between. Once over the bridge, you will find yourself walking along Mill Creek Shopping Center. The Harbowalk will connect you with the South Portland greenbelt. The greenbelt will lead you through South Portland and out on to Bug Light lighthouse. The rocky path leading to the lighthouse is surrounded by the water and provides for nice views and a relaxing place to rest. There is also a small park located next to the lighthouse equipped with swings and a small fort to explore.
The path is open to walkers, bikers, runners, rollerbladers, dog walkers, and strollers. The trail is handicap accessible.

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