Separating the twin cities of Lewiston-Auburn is the Androscoggin River. Here, you’ll find stories and scenery you won’t find elsewhere in the region. With stories from previous centuries all along the river, here’s what you need to know about the Auburn Riverwalk in L-A!
From the Lewiston side, we recommend parking at Simard Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston at 46 Beech St, Lewiston, ME 04240. Here, you will have direct access to the walking bridge to walk on the trail.
From the Auburn side, there are plenty of free places to park along Main Street (Route 136). Even during the week, there are usually spots open, just be mindful of any posted signs.
Things to Do
The Riverwalk is a great place to take a leisurely walk, run, or bike ride. The elevation gain is minimal, and it’s a 2.5-mile out & back trail (paved). However, if you want to spend a little more time in the area, here’s what you can do.
Auburn isn’t a bad place to grab something to eat. With the famous Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub right on the walk in Auburn, you can grab a beer and something to eat without having to walk too far.
If you’re up for a longer walk or drive, there’s a parallel street running just north of the Riverwalk with several chain restaurants. Here, you’ll find Chipotle, Firehouse Subs, KFC, Taco Bell, and more.
Every Sunday until 1 pm, there is a local farmer’s market on the Lewiston side of the Androscoggin River. It’s directly across from Simard Payne Memorial Park, and it’s a great place to stop for fresh, organic produce, honey, and Maine maple syrup!
All around the park, you’ll find an overpopulation of ducks, which the twin cities request you not feed. However, there are dozens of beautiful mallard ducks all around that are quite friendly and personable. You’ll also see a plethora of beautiful birds native to the area, along with more groundhogs (or woodchucks) than you could imagine!
Learn About Local History
The Auburn Riverwalk is also known as the Auburn Storywalk. You will see signs posted all along with walking trail with stories and information about the Old Auburn fire and plenty of other local history. If you’re willing to stop and read a little on the plaques, you’d be surprised what you can learn!
Learn about some local history, grab a bite to eat, and set up a picnic right along the river. There are excellent grassy spots overlooking the river at Simard Payne Memorial Park!
On the Auburn side, there is a great playground for children that’s well-maintained. This is a great park for families who love to learn about history, play on a playground, have a picnic, or play Pokemon Go (pro tip).
Honest Review of the Auburn Riverwalk
We’ve spent plenty of time at this park while living in Lewiston for a year. It’s a great place to bring families or pets for a walk and escape the noise of the city. It won’t give you the most “remote” feeling, as you can still see the twin cities clearly. However, it’s a well-maintained park with some beautiful nature in the heart of Lewiston-Auburn.
The old bridges, the old colonial architecture, and the friendly locals give this place an A- for a city park. If you really want to get into the woods and feel more remote, check out Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary in Lewiston!
Walk the River For Yourself
Now that you know our view of the Auburn Riverwalk, go see it for yourself. If you find yourself in Lewiston-Auburn, it’s worth a visit!
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