Portland's North Deering neighborhood is located on the Northern side of the city limits with Washington Avenue serving as the approximate Southern boundary. North Deering is known for (relatively) newer sections and homes, although there are some of the oldest homes in the city that escaped the devastating fires that destroyed original in-town properties.
Recreationally, North Deering residents are drawn to the Presumpscot River preserve, which has a network of trails along the river. One unique access is the 'Oat Nuts' trailhead off Summit Street. Unique in that the city took back the land through eminent domain after a cereal box-top campaign gone awry as hundreds of people 'won' 1 foot by 1 foot parcels 'in the Maine Woods'.