The Greenbelt Walkway

The Greenbelt Walkway is an off-road pathway enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors each year. From west to east, the trail spans 5.6 miles, from the Wainwright Athletic complex near the Scarborough town line to the historic Bug Light Park, where Liberty Ships were built during World War II.

The trail treats walkers, runners, and cyclists to easy strolls and three distinct vistas of the Portland waterfront. Wildlife-watching along the trail is also popular at many of the fields, wetlands, marshes, and woods passed along the route. 

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Bug Light Park, the eastern end of the Greenbelt Walkway, provides expansive views of Portland Harbor.

The Greenbelt Walkway also functions as the eastern terminus of the Eastern Trail, a 65-mile, multi-use greenway in development from Kittery to South Portland, and is maintained in collaborative effort with the City of South Portland and the Eastern Trail Alliance. Nationally, the Greenbelt is also the designated route for the East Coast Greenway that one day hopes to extend 3,000 miles from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine.

The trail has three primary access points: 

Wainwright Athletic Fields: Wainwright Fields: Follow Highland Avenue south 2.6 miles from ME Route 77 in South Portland, and look for Gary Maietta Drive on the right. From Scarbrough, follow Highland Avenue 2.8 miles north from its intersection with ME Route 207. Follow Gary Maietta Drive until it ends at the Wainwright Athletic Fields' parking lot.

Bug Light Park: Follow Broadway to its eastern end in South Portland. Turn left onto Breakwater Drive and then right onto Madison Street. Follow Madison Street into Bug Light.

Mill Creek Park: Mill Creek Park is at the intersection of Broadway and Ocean Street in South Portland just east of the Casco Bay Bridge. On-street parking is available around the park.

Trail Map


Refer to the websites below to find more information on local trails;

East Coast Greenway Alliance

Eastern Trail Alliance

Portland Trails

Bicycle Coalition of Maine

MDOT Pedestrian & Bike