Cycling Around Portland, Maine

Wild Duck Campground Entrance

We recently spent a month at Wild Duck Campground & RV Park in Scarborough, Maine. This adult campground in the middle of Maine Audubon’s Scarborough Marsh is only about three miles from the coast, and about 1.5 miles from the Eastern Trail for hiking and biking.

Views from Site 32 at Wild Duck

Eastern Trail

The Eastern Trail is a nice, flat trail that is gravel and paved in sections. It goes from South Portland down to Saco, where it meets up with the Greenway Trail that goes all the way to Key West, Florida. You can ride to the trail from the campground along the wide-bermed Route 9. This was great for those evenings after work when we just wanted to get a shorter ride in.

For those longer rides, however, we rode early on Saturday or Sunday.

5 Lighthouse Bike Tour

Portland and the surrounding area is very bike-friendly. I’m not one who likes to ride on roads, but even I felt safe. One of our routes took us on the 5 Lighthouse Bike Tour. While we chose to do this ride by ourselves, you can book a bike tour through Summer Feet Cycling & Walking.

We started in Portland at the Bug Light and rode through the countryside to down to Cape Elizabeth and Two Light State Park, then head north to the famous Portland Head Light before returning to Bug Light. There, we were treated to a some great kite flying while we put our bikes away.

I’m not going to lie, there were some elevation changes on this route, but it helped to know there were some wonderful views ahead.

South Portland Loop

On another Saturday, we ventured into Portland and rode around the West End, up past the Amtrak Station, and around the Back Cove, and the East End. This 11-mile loop wasn’t challenging, but was a great way to see the city.

Sites Along the Way

Bicycling Around Portland, Maine

As you can see, we loved spending time in Portland and riding around the surrounding area. There is so much to explore there, and staying at Wild Duck in Scarborough was the perfect mid-point to so much.

Next week it’s all about sailing in Casco Bay!

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