Trail Details

    This trail combines existing trails, sidewalks and routes to make an end to end 10 mile hike.

  • Map/Directions: Google Map: Start and Finish
  • Accessible by: Start accessible by Bus 5, Finish point accessible by Bus 9A/B.
  • Activities: Activities will vary depending on trail section.

Please note: During Hall School construction, the Hall School Trail section of the Forest City Trail is rerouted away from campus. Please take Warwick St to Woodvale to connect to Evergreen Cemetery instead of crossing through the Hall School construction zone. Map of rerouted area here.

Created to celebrate our 20th anniversary, this 10-mile route across the best of Portland comprises 9 trails, school campuses, several parks, an historic cemetery, two waterfalls(!), and connecting sidewalks. On the Portland Trails V4 map the Forest City Trail is indicated in yellow. This is reflected on our digital map. On the ground, the trail is blazed with white blazes.

Begin with any of the trails, and do all or part of the series. Tom Jewell, Portland Trails co-founder and designer of the Forest City Walk, generally takes it from southeast to northwest, using the following routes/stops.
-Stroudwater River Trail, begin at Blueberry Road (on Congress Street past I-95 overpass), end at Congress Street
-Fore River Sanctuary, begin on Congress Street, end at Hillcrest Street
-Hall School Trail, begin on Lomond Street, end at Warwick Street, temporarily re-routed during Hall School Construction. 
-Evergreen Cemetery and University of New England Campus, begin on Penwood Drive, end at College Road, leading onto Stevens Avenue
-Portland Arts and Technology High School, begin on Allen Avenue, end at Skylark Road
-Shalom House Trail, begin on Washington Avenue, end at Auburn Street
-Lyseth-Moore-Pine Grove, begin on Lyseth Moore Drive, end at Bramblewood Drive
-Oat Nuts Park, begin on Summit Street, end at Presumpscot River Preserve
-Presumpscot River Preserve & Presumpscot Falls

Portland Trails leads an annual hike on National Trails Day of the entire Forest City Trail, end to end.

  • FCT Charlie November 2012
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  • Forest City Trail hike 6.1.13
  • JENNIFER vertical hikers in FRS
  • FRS path
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