South Branch Trail
Managed by the South Portland Land Trust
This small network of trails totaling about half a mile explores the wooded area surrounding the south branch of the Long Creek as it flows between Clarks Pond Plaza and the Maine Mall. It also provides off-road connections between these shopping areas for people on foot. See also the nearby Red Bank Trail and Clarks Pond Trail, both of which have trail heads within easy walking distance.
South Branch Trail HAS two PRIMARY ACCESS POINts:
Cinemagic Parking Lot: The Cinemagic Movie Theater is located on the western end of Clarks Pond Plaza at 333 Clarks Pond Parkway, off Gorham Road. There are three marked trail heads on the north side of the parking lot.
Philbrook Ave: There is a trail head and kiosk on Philbrook Road near the eastern entrance to JC Penny at the Maine Mall. One may park at the edge of the Maine Mall lot and cross Philbrook Ave to access the trail head.
About the Trail
The South Branch Trail offers a wooded respite from the arterial roads and parking lots of the Maine Mall and Clarks Pond Plaza, while also offering useful connections between those shopping areas that are far more direct for the pedestrian than the roadways. Short bridges over the brook and wooden steps are provided where necessary. From the eastern end of the South Branch Trail system, one can easily walk to the trail head for the Clarks Pond Trail.
The South Branch Trail was a 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.