Portland Trails transforms Greater Portland into a healthier community for people powered transportation, conservation, and recreation, by creating a network of trails and green spaces that connect people with places.
Since 1991, Portland Trails has built and maintained a trail network serving residents and visitors throughout Greater Portland. The current trail network includes over 70 miles of trails and green space that reach within a half mile of every residence in Portland and connect thousands of residents across Greater Portland. Our trails have over one million trail uses per year, and we support projects in Portland and the surrounding communities of South Portland, Falmouth, and Westbrook. From someone's morning jog, to a student's safe walk to school, we are a part of people's lives every day.
Our mission focuses on the following priorities: trails, active transportation, conservation, and placemaking. Our trail projects provide greater connectivity, safer walking routes, strengthened ecological corridors, and an increased sense of place for residents and trail users. Our extensive trail volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals and corporate groups to engage in stewardship of local land, while taking ownership of their local trails and green spaces. We believe in complete streets, and are dedicated to making trails an important component of a a city accessible by foot, bicycle, and public transit for people of all backgrounds.
We cannot do what we do without the support of our members and the public. As a non-profit, we are not funded by the state or city, but instead rely on our community to help us build and maintain the trails that thousands of people use every day. With over 1000 members and countless more volunteers supporting and participating in our work, we are able to transform Greater Portland's trails, streets, and the broader community, and offer a unique green, urban experience to visitors and locals alike. Join us.
From just a seed of an idea to more than 70 miles of trails and green spaces across four communities, Portland Trails has grown into an organization inseparable from Portland's identity. Learn more about our 30+ years of service to Greater Portland.
On the Map
Our quarterly digital newsletter, On the Map, features the stories of people from the trails. Meet our volunteers, bike commuters, and trail explorers, and learn about accessible trails, placemaking projects, and conservation work. We send the newsletter to our members and corporate partners each quarter. Read the latest stories from On the Map!
See what we've been up to in the past year, from our financials to trail projects to membership and volunteer stats. See our 2022 annual report here.
Staff & Board
We're a group of trail builders, green space advocates, bike enthusiasts, hikers, storytellers, and much more. Meet the team behind the 70+ mile trail network you know and love.
These are the values that guide the organization's decision-making, shape our relationships with community members, and hold our staff and board to high standards. Read more about our values here.
Land Justice Responsibility
As a land-owning organization, we have the responsibility to acknowledge the ways land injustice has harmed and continues to harm Indigenous people. We also have the responsibility to use our position of power to begin to heal this harm. Read our full statement here.