The 1.6 mile Riverwalk runs along the Androscoggin River which separates the Twin Cities of Auburn and Lewiston ("L-A"). This was an old mill district, in the 19th century the river was key in the region becoming a major textile and shoe manufacturing center. Today Auburn (the county seat of Androscoggin County) and Lewiston (the second largest city in Maine) form a business, education and cultural hub for the region. The Riverwalk offers scenic views along the river, leading to Great Falls. (Detailed map and photos below.)
Location: Auburn and Lewiston, ME (See map)
Distance: 1.6 miles
Surface: Asphalt, gravel
Bonney Park on the Auburn side of the river is a crossroad - starting from here, continue to Moulton Field, cross the railroad bridge to Lewiston, or follow the Riverwalk to the Falls. This is all an easy and scenic ride.
From Bonney Park (playground, benches), go west through the underpass at SR 136 (Main Street) to Moulton Park - behind the Great Falls Performing Arts Center, it has benches and open spaces for free play.
From Bonney Park, go east and cross the restored 1909 railroad bridge over the river to the Lewiston side and Simard-Payne Memorial Park. The park is circled by a loop path and has benches and playing fields. It's also the site of the annual Great Falls Balloon Festival, a major local event since 1992.
From Bonney Park follow the Riverwalk north into central Auburn. The path runs between the Androscoggin and Main Street, Festival Park is an entry to the downtown area. The park is a popular gathering place for outdoor performances, with seating and water features. The soaring sail-like canopies are a notable feature.
Past Festival Park, the Riverwalk crosses under Court St., then past the Hilton Garden Inn and Knight House - dating from 1796, it's the oldest frame house in the area. From here, the path enters West Pitch Park and runs to the Great Falls Viewpoint. One of 15 urban waterfalls in the United States it's still used for hydroelectric power, but we were there during dry season and it was just a trickle when we visited.
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