The trail is rich with local history. From the 1930s to the 1950s, ice was commercially harvested from the pond to keep local ice boxes cool in the summer months (see video). The 1.7 mile loop is popular. Most visitors can complete the loop in about an hour. You may want to take more time to enjoy the scenery.
The Clarks Pond Trail was the first major project of the West End Trails Committee, a sub-committee of the South Portland Land Trust dedicated to making the west end of the city friendlier for pedestrians and cyclists.