SPRING POINT SHOREWAY TRAIL:
SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE
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Last Updated: July 13, 2020
Length: Spring Pont Shoreway Trail; 2 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved trail.
To Start from Bug Light Park (Eastern End); From the junction of Route 77 (Casco Bay Bridge) and Broadway in South Portland follow Broadway east all the way to Breakwater Dr and turn left. Turn right on Madison St and follow to Bug Light Park.
The Spring Point Shoreway Trail runs from Bug Light Park (where Liberty Ships were constructed during WWII) to Spring Point to Fisherman’s Point in South Portland. From Bug Light Park it utilizes the Eastern Trail/South Portland Greenbelt Walkway with an on-road section in between. At Spring Point you'll find the remnants of Fort Preble, which was built in 1808 and manned during the War of 1812. The fort also saw action during the Civil War. Twenty-three Confederate Army soldiers who raided Portland Harbor in 1863 and commandeered a ship were taken prisoner and held at the fort. Nearby Spring Point Light was built in 1867. The impressive 900 foot granite breakwater, added in 1951, creates a popular walk which command stunning views of Portland Harbor to the west and Portland Head Light, the historic and picturesque beacon commissioned by George Washington in 1787. For more information visit; SPRING POINT SHOREWAY TRAIL , SOUTH PORTLAND TRAILS & MAINE TRAIL FINDER .
Starting from Bug Light Park; From the parking lot the paved trail heads left to Bug Light Lighthouse where the Eastern Trail begins. This section in South Portland is also known as the South Portland Greenbelt Walkway.
From Bug Light; The paved Eastern Trail/Greenbelt Walkway starts from the lighthouse which overlooks Portland Harbor and where the Fore River discharges into Casco Bay. Across the channel sits Fort Gorges on Hog Island Ledge. Picnic tables/benches.
Note; A narrow paved trail travels down along the harbor to a boat ramp and more parking.
The wide trail travels alongside the bay and past the Bug Light Park parking lot to the Liberty Ship Memorial (Liberty Ships were built here during World War II). Informational signs along the trail. Exit the park where the trail travels alongside Madison St. Come to Breakwater Drive at 0.6 miles. Here you'll leave the Eastern Trail/Greenbelt Walkway and travel left on-road along Breakwater Dr (narrow paved path available). Hang a left on Adams St into the Southern Maine Community College Campus and come to a one-way sign (coming from Spring Point you would utilize Adams St) and head right through the parking lot to Slocum Dr (also one-way). Head left through campus to the intersection of Adams St/Slocum Dr. Head right and you'll come to a paved spur that leads to the Spring Point Shoreway Trail at 1.6 miles.
Note; Coming from Spring Point you would continue left along the paved trail, then utilize Adams St out to Breakwater Drive.
Heading right along the paved Spring Point Shoreway Trail you quickly come to Fort Rd.
Note; Take a quick detour left along the pier. Left is the Breakwater Marina.
Head right up Fort Rd and take a quick left on Lighthouse Circle. This brings you to Spring Point.
Note; You can walk out to the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse along the rock breakwater.
Up to your right are the remains of Fort Preble, as well as, to your left which leads to a dead end. Return to Lighthouse Circle.
Note; If you are walking head left up some stairs to the top of Fort Preble.
Return to Fort Rd and head left, then left again along Bunker Lane. This takes you past the gun emplacements and out to McKernan Drs. Left returns you to the Spring Point Shoreway Trail at 1.6 miles.
Note; Left brings you to the top of Fort Preble followed by the stairs down to Spring Point.
Heading right the narrow paved trail you follow above the rocky shoreline passing by a picnic pavilion. Bear left at the fork and travel past another bunker? You then travel behind the SMCC Health Science Center building on your right and past the Old Settlers Cemetery on your left to a parking lot. Straight you'll pick up the trail again as it travels around a building and back along the top of the bluff. Pass ball fields along your right before coming to Beach St at 2 miles and the end of the trail. Willard Beach here.
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