Fore River Sanctuary
|Type:||Day Hike - Loop|
|Distance (Total):||2.0 miles / 3.2 km|
|Hiking Season:||- All Year Long|
|Things To See:||- Historic Site - Waterfalls|
|Rating:||Trail has not been rated.|
|Nearby Town:||Portland, Maine, United States|
This 85-acre preserve is the home of Jewell Falls, Portland 's only natural waterfall, as well as the site of the former Cumberland and Oxford Canal. The lowland area, where salt and freshwater marsh meet, provides great bird-watching opportunities. Red oak and white pine contribute to a habitat for many songbirds and small mammals in the upland area. The land around the falls was donated to Portland Trails by the family of Tom Jewell, one of Portland Trails' founders. Open from dawn to dusk, year-round.
From the Congress Street trailhead, the trail passes over the bridge and runs along the former canal towpath at a flat grade for over a half-mile before turning north to cross two boardwalks along wetland areas. As the trail heads uphill into hilly terrain, there is a loop trail which, at its highest point, leads to Jewell Falls . Dogs, accompanied by responsible owners, are allowed in some areas, watch for signs. A short walk down Congress Street sidewalks leads to the Fore River Trail and Stroudwater Trail.
Description courtesy of Portland Trails