The City of South Portland offers residents and visitors access to hiking trails, cycling routes, parks, boat launches, beaches, fresh water ponds, and wonderful skyline views of the islands of Casco Bay.


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Each park location may have specific rules & regulations, so please check posted signs for that area.  Some general Park rules are listed below. 

  • Don’t litter
  • Pet waste must be bagged and properly disposed of in a trash receptacle or carried out of the park
  • Don’t bring glass containers on beaches
  • Camping is not permitted
  • Fireworks are not permitted
  • Firearms are not permitted
  • Open fires are not permitted
  • Tobacco use is prohibited within 20 feet of all city-maintained parks, beaches, and outdoor recreational facilities
  • No hunting or trapping
  • Don't feed the wildlife
  • No loitering between 9pm and 6am
  • No alcoholic beverages or controlled substance
  • No motor vehicles permitted on the beach

Bug Light Park

Home to Portland Breakwater Lighthouse and the Liberty Ship Memorial

Park hours: Open daily, 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM

 

Address: Madison Street

Bug Light Park, the eastern terminus of the Greenbelt Walkway, offers expansive views of Portland Harbor and the skyline of Maine’s  largest city. The 8.78 acre park was the site of major shipbuilding activity during WWII. An estimated 30,000 people were employed here from 1941-1945 building liberty ships for the New England Shipbuilding Corp. and the South Portland Shipbuilding Corp. Although far less bustling  today, Bug Light Park is a popular destination for picnicking, boating, kite flying and salt water fishing.  Rest rooms are available seasonally. A busy boat launching area (seasonal fees required) and a  liberty ship memorial are at opposite ends of the park. In between is a  paved walkway along the shore and out to Bug Light itself.  Seasonal events include a Kite Festival, Summer Movie Nights, a car show, and a day-long 4th of July celebration culminating with clear views of Portland's fireworks display across the harbor. The park is also available for private functions and events.

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse was built in 1875 and is one of Maine's most elegant lighthouses. Though modeled on an ancient Greek monument, it was built with plates of cast iron. It was dubbed "Bug Light" due to its small size.

The South Portland Historical Society and Museum can be found near the entrance to Bug Light Park.

 

Bug Light Park Rules & Regulations

Dogs permitted. Off-leash dogs must be kept within 100 feet and under voice control.

Pet waste must be bagged and properly disposed of in a trash receptacle or carried out of the park.

Consumption of alcohol and tobacco is prohibited.

The Greenbelt Walkway

Park hours: Open daily 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

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. 

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

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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.

 

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Dogs are permitted on-leash.

Pet waste must be bagged and properly disposed of in a trash receptacle or carried out of the park.

Motorized vehicles including e-bicycles are prohibited.

Consumption of alcohol and/or tobacco is prohibited.

This is a shared trailed. Bicyclists, please be courteous to pedestrians and obey right-of-way.

 

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

Mill Creek Park

Mill Creek Park

Park hours: Open daily, 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

Address: 50 Hinckley Drive

Mill Creek Park is a 10-acre park located in the heart of South Portland's downtown Mill Creek-Knightville area. Featuring a large pond, Mill Creek is home to a variety of wildlife and is a great place to view aquatic birds such as Mallard ducks, Canadian geese, and the occasional Cormorant. Reptiles, amphibians and small mammals are also occasionally spotted. Popular seasonal activities include the holiday tree lighting, Winterfest, ice skating, summer concert series, and Art in the Park. Other attractions include a Veteran's monument located on the park's south side, a water fountain, and an impressive collection of native, and exotic trees and shrubs. A gazebo is available for picnicking and may also be reserved for private functions.

The park may be accessed from any of the surrounding roads. A formal garden entrance is located near the intersection of Ocean St. and Broadway. The Greenbelt Walkway passes through the center of the park, running along Trout Brook. On-street parking is available along Ocean St. and Hinckley Dr.

 

MILL CREEK RULES & REGULATIONS

We ask that you please do not feed any of the wildlife. Feeding of waterfowl (ducks, geese, etc.) is strictly prohibited and subject to fines.

Dogs permitted on leash.

Pet waste must be bagged and properly disposed of in a trash receptacle or carried out of the park.

Consumption of tobacco and/or alcohol is prohibited. 

Thomas Knight Park

Park hours: Open daily, 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Address: 7 Ocean St

Thomas Knight Park is a quaint, urban park located at the end of Waterman Drive at the site of the old "Million Dollar Bridge". The perfect destination for a morning stroll, quiet meditation, or enjoying a meal from one of many nearby cafes, this 1.5 acre park features tables for chess and picnicking, unique views of the Portland Peninsula, and a boat tie-up at Knightville Landing. You may even spot a pair of nesting Peregrine falcons under the bridge. Grassy areas provide additional recreational opportunities. A pedestrian ramp located on the park's northeast side grants access to the Casco Bay Bridge above the park. 

The park is open sunrise to sunset year round. On-street parking is located along Waterman Dr. near the park entrance. 

THOMAS KNIGHT PARK RULES & REGULATIONS

Dogs permitted.

Pet waste must be bagged and properly disposed of in a trash receptacle or carried out of the park.

Consumption of tobacco and/or alcohol prohibited. 

ANTHOINE CREEK PARK

This half acre park is tucked away at the corner of Anthoine Street and Broadway. Located across the street from the scenic Fore River and the Greenbelt Walkway, Anthoine Creek Park boasts scenic marsh views and a bench to view wildlife. Street parking.

 

FIREFIGHTER'S PARK

Built around a firefighter’s monument, this park has several benches and gardens to enjoy. Parking on nearby side streets/short walk to park.

 

FISHERMAN'S POINT

Located at the southern tip of Willard Beach, Fisherman’s Point overlooks Casco Bay and offers beautiful views of Cushing, House and Peaks Islands. Sit on one of the many benches and enjoy the scenic views of the bay and Willard Beach. You may even see a cruise ship coming into port! Street parking.

 

"GE" ERSKINE PARK

Welcoming visitors as they enter South Portland from the Casco Bay Bridge, Erskine Park has multiple gardens to admire and benches for sitting. Parking in plaza next door.

 

HIGH/SAWYER PARK

Located in the historic Ferry Village Neighborhood, High/Sawyer Park has a half-court basketball court for future Celtics players to enjoy! Street Parking.

 

HIGH SCHOOL PARK

Located across from both the High School and the Community Center, High School Park is the ideal place to get some respite from a long day. The various deciduous trees throughout the park make it stunning during the fall time. Street Parking.

 

LEGION SQUARE PARK

Featuring a monument that memorializes veterans of all wars, small gardens and a bench, Legion Square Park, locally known as Post Office Park, is one of South Portland’s smallest parks. Want to get out of the office for a bit and enjoy the sights and sounds of Knightville? Legion Square Park is the ideal park for you. On and off-street parking.

 

LEGERE PARK

At almost an acre in size, Legere Park has a basketball hoop, playground and green space for your family to enjoy. When you’re finished enjoying the park, you can walk to the many shops and restaurants that are conveniently located nearby. Parking lot.

 

PIERCE STREET PARK

Pierce Street Park is a quarter acre neighborhood park that has a small playground. Street parking.

 

REDBANK COMMUNITY PARK

Located on the west end of the city, Redbank Community Park has a picnic pavilion, playground, full-sized basketball court and plenty of green space! Parking lot.

 

SAWYER PARK

The newest park in South Portland, Sawyer Park has a small playground and a gravel path that wraps around the park. Sawyer Park is the future site for a Community Garden. Parking lot. 

 

SCHOOL STREET PARK

Located conveniently in Ferry Village, School Street Park has a small playground and green space to enjoy. Street Parking.

 

SANTO "SAM" DIPIETRO MEMORIAL PARK

DiPietro Park, which has a playground and green space, is located at the intersection of Cottage, Pillsbury and Davis Streets. Street parking.

 

WILKINSON COMMUNITY PARK

Located in Sunset Park, Wilkinson Community Park has a basketball court, playground, picnic pavilion and Little League Baseball Fields. Street parking.


 

South Portland Land Trust

Some parks are maintained through a collaborative relationship with the South Portland Land Trust. This non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting the network of trails interlinking South Portland neighborhoods to each other as well as to the trails of adjoining communities. Additionally, they engage the community in park and trail use, open space protection, trail building, and land stewardship. 

View South Portland Land Trust Trails