- Portland Trails
Non profit urban land trust dedicated to building a network of multi-use trails in the Greater Portland area. Trail maps
- Bradbury Mountain State Park
528 Hallowell Road/H9, Pownal, Maine 04069 Phone: (207)-688-4712. Bradbury Mountain State Park is a wonderful place to spend a day or afternoon exploring trails, taking in the magnificent view from the summit, or enjoying a picnic under a canopy of trees. One of the original five state parks, Bradbury Mountain was acquired by the Federal government in 1939.
Situated on Route 9 about halfway between Portland and Lewiston-Auburn, the park attracts visitors who enjoy picnicking, hiking and camping on its 610 acres of forested land. Bradbury Mountain is the only state park in southern Maine to offer shared-use trails for horseback riders, mountain bikers and snowmobilers. Snow shoe rentals are available.
Sculpted by a glacier, Bradbury Mountain is the park's most outstanding natural feature. Today the park's forest is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Fall is a busy time at the park when visitors watch migrating hawks and eagles ride the thermals and enjoy the views of fall foliage from the summit. (Spring is best time to watch hawk migration, fall much less so.)
Open All Year, 9 am - Sunset, Fee Charged
610 acres; picnic area and shelter, playground, ballfield, trails are open for mountain biking, horseback riding snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, 35 campsites.
- Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park
426 Wolfe's Neck Road, Freeport, ME 04032, Park season: (207) 865-4465, Off season: (207) 624-6080. Great for beginners and families. Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park is a five minute drive from the center of Freeport's bustling shopping district, and as visitors approach the park, marshes and open fields provide a tranquil transformation back to nature. In 1969, this area of more than 200 acres was given to the State by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence M.C. Smith of Freeport. The park contains varied ecosystems, including climax white pine and hemlock forests, a salt marsh estuary, and the rocky shorelines on Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River.
The park's signature residents are the ospreys who nest on nearby Googins Island. An interpretive panel on the trail explains the life cycle of this magestic, graceful bird which summers on the island and makes its annual trek to South America each fall. Visitors who participate in a nature walk with the Park Naturalist can view the baby birds on their nest through a high-powered lenses and learn that these birds mate for life.
The popular Casco Bay Trail carries visitors along Maine's legendary coast to a point where the surrounding islands of Eagle, Counsin and others are described on an interpretive panel. After a discovering the trails, visitors can enjoy picnics under a canopy of oak trees or a group barbeque is possible at the park's new shelter area. Loon conservation license plates paid for the construction of this new facility and groups may rent the shelter for a day.
Guided Nature Programs are offered in this beautiful natural setting. These one hour programs may include walks, short talks, and activities.
Four and a half miles from Route 1 in downtown Freeport, via Bow Street and Wolf Neck Road.
April - October, Fee Charged
233 acres; Dedicated to nature appreciation, the park provides interpretive signs on trails and guided programs for groups and the general public. Facilities include picnic tables with charcoal grills; wheelchair accessible parking, picnicking, bathrooms, and path; and five miles of hiking trails through the woods and along the shores of Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River.
- Mackworth Island
Access is via Andrews Avenue off Route 1 Falmouth. Phone: (207) 624-6076. Excellent for beginners and families, Mackworth, an island of approximately 100 acres, connected to Falmouth by a causeway at the mouth of the Presumpscot River. This proximity to Portland and the Presumpscot accounts for the unique blend of human and natural history that has shaped Mackworth Island. While human influence has greatly altered the natural environment, there is much to be enjoyed and preserved. The 1 ¼ mile trail that encircles the island takes about an hour to complete at a leisurely pace and visitors are treated to stunning views of Casco Bay and Portland. Along the way, stop to watch boats and ferries motor through the Atlantic waters while seagulls, osprey and shorebirds glide overhead as they search for food.
The trail surface is packed soil which may be slippery when wet, and the terrain is generally level with slopes not exceeding 10%. There are no steps or other barriers to wheelchairs on the main loop except for rocks, roots, and a few waterbars, but some of the small side trails down the steep slope to the shore may be inaccessible to some visitors. Be sure and check out the Fairy houses and build one of your own.
In 1946, Governor Percival Proctor Baxter donated Mackworth Island to the State of Maine to be used for state public purposes and as a sanctuary for wild beasts and birds.
Open All Year
Facilities 100-acres, 1 1/4 mile hiking trail, scenic views of Casco Bay and Portland, small parking lot.
- Pineland Public Reserved Land
Located on both sides of Route 231 the Pineland Unit includes more than 600 acres of land in New Gloucester, Gray and North Yarmouth. This rolling land with its forests and agricultural fields once supplied the needs of the Pineland Center, which it surrounds. Now, this tract of undeveloped land helps fill the growing need for open space and outdoor recreation in populous Cumberland County.
At Pineland, the pleasing landscape of forests over rolling hills invites hikers to explore it. The trailhead on Route 231 provides parking and access to two hiking trails through ever changing woodlands. The variety of habitats on this unit provides the opportunity to see quite a range of wildlife. Upland species include white-tail deer, red fox, snowshoe hare, red squirrel, gray squirrel, ruffed grouse, woodcock, and wild turkey. Where the forests meet the fields, more than 8 miles of edges provide especially valuable habitat for many animals, including bluebirds, meadowlarks, and kestrels.
Operation Dates Open All Year (x-country skiing and ice skating available in winter) (fishing pond available in season)
Facilities: Pineland is a 600 acre unit in Cumberland County with a pastoral landscape of fields and forest. Hikers and skiers enjoy a three-mile network of trails that start at a small parking area on the Gray Depot Road. Telephone Western Region Office: (207) 778-8231
- Libby Hill Forest Trails
Libby Hill Forest consists of over 6 miles of multipurpose recreational trails in Gray, Maine which are overseen by the Gray Parks and Recreation Department. These trails are located adjacent to the Middle and High Schools (find us). The history of the project has had many turns but the trails are officially opened in 2001. These trails span 5 properties owned by the Town of Gray, SAD 15, Gray Community Endowment, and Hancock Land Management and are overseen by the Gray Parks and Recreation Department and the Gray Community Endowment. Website
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