Spring Point Shoreway and Fort Preble
Managed by the City of South Portland
The Spring Point Shoreway runs 1.6 miles from Fisherman’s Point to Bug Light Park. Along the way, your walk will take you back in history. Fort Preble was built in 1808 and manned during the War of 1812. The fort also saw action during the Civil War. Twenty-three Confederate Army soldiers who raided Portland Harbor in 1863 and commandeered a ship were taken prisoner and held at the fort. Nearby Spring Point Light was built in 1867. The impressive 900 foot granite breakwater, added in 1951, creates a popular walk which command stunning views of Portland Harbor to the west and Portland Head Light, the historic and picturesque beacon commissioned by George Washington in 1787.
The Shoreway then passes two sandy beaches on its way to Bug Light Park, where Liberty Ships were constructed during WWII. The nearly 8-acre park boasts plenty of open space and its own magnificent views of Portland Harbor. Nearby you can also access the Greenbelt Walkway.