Long known simply as “Sandy Road” by Riverton neighborhood residents, this trail runs along the train tracks and into the woods, and is great for running and biking. The sights and sounds of freight trains moving along the tracks often break the otherwise quiet atmosphere through the woods. It was also an important route for the former Portland-Lewiston Interurban Rail Line. Dole Brook which runs into the Presumpscot River crosses the trail under a bridge near PATHS high school.
How to get there: From Morrill’s Corner take Goodridge Avenue to a boardwalk to Carriage Lane, then Broadway and then right at Wall Street to the “Sandy Road” portion of the Rail Trail. From Forest Avenue the trail can be reached via Wall, Libby, Harris, or Newton Streets.
Points of interest: Be sure to check out the Steven Aylward memorial kiosk along the trail, which provides more history about the trail and the area. On the western edge of the trail, there is a neat granite archway over Dole Brook, where the Maine Line double tracks also run.