Synopsis: Cape Elizabeth Land Trust’s 145-acre Robinson Woods Preserve provides over 3 miles of well-maintained trails that are available year-round for hiking, snowshoeing, and dog walking. Visitors will marvel at the massive white pine, red oak and hemlock trees in Robinson Woods — some as old as 300 years.
Synopsis: Located in Hollis, Killick Pond is the centerpiece of a 1,025-acre hunting and fishing oasis, providing visitors with a sense of remoteness. Anglers will find excellent bass and perch fishing, while birdwatchers will marvel at resident waterfowl, osprey, and great blue herons.
Located in Parsonsfield, the 8,603-acre Leavitt Plantation is a popular destination for hunters, snowmobilers, hikers, cross-country skiers and mountain bikers, and has more than 80 miles of recreational trails. Anglers are also drawn to Leavitt Plantation’s streams, which are prime brook trout habitat.
Synopsis: Located in Waterboro, the Little Ossipee River WMA is comprised of 1,176 acres surrounding its namesake natural feature. The Little Ossipee is popular with paddlers and fishermen as it carves through inland York County before its confluence with the Saco River.
The Kennebunk Plains is 1,758 acres of grasslands, blueberry fields, and pitch pine-scrub oak barren. This area is home to rare species including black racer snakes, grasshopper sparrows, upland sandpipers, and northern blazing star flower. A network of trails and dirt roads welcomes birdwatchers, dog walkers, and hikers.
Located in Limington and Limerick, Francis Small Heritage Trust’s 1,400-acre preserve is open for hiking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Sawyer Mountain rises 1,213 feet above sea level and provides extensive views of southern Maine from its summit ledges.
Located in Saco, the 117-acre Ferry Beach State Park offers several activities for people of all ages including picnicking, hiking, birdwatching, and swimming on a white sand ocean beach. In the winter, visitors can cross-country ski and snowshoe on the trails, or ice skate at Long Pond.
Brunswick’s 124-acre Maquoit Bay Conservation Area features a 0.6-mile trail that leads to a rocky outcrop overlooking the scenic bay. Boasting over a mile of salt-water frontage on the bay, the conservation area nearly doubled the town’s public access to the water.
Saco River Indian Cellar is an 81-acre municipal park with 8 different trails that lead to the scenic shores of the Saco River. The preserve offers opportunities for cross-country skiing, fishing, horseback riding, hunting, mountain biking, running, snowshoeing, swimming, and hiking.
With a long expanse of white sand and views out to the rocky shores of Prouts Neck, Scarborough Beach State Park is an attractive setting for swimming, walking, and picnicking. Surfers routinely ride its waves and surf-casters ply the waters for striped bass and blue fish.
Located in Falmouth, Hadlock Community Forest is comprised of nearly 300 acres of conservation land available for hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, nature study, and horseback riding.
Located in Pownal, Bradbury Mountain State Park attracts visitors who enjoy picnicking, hiking and camping on its 800 acres of forested land. Bradbury Mountain is also the only state park in southern Maine to offer shared-use trails for horseback riders, mountain bikers and snowmobilers.
This 151-acre preserve features a wildlife viewing platform, and seven trails covering more than three miles of varied terrain. It is the place to go to enjoy stunning views of the York River watershed or to find signs of the town’s early European settlers.
This 147-acre Royal River Conservation Trust preserve provides habitat for raptors, songbirds, upland game birds, waterfowl, deer, coyotes, and numerous other wildlife. Visitors enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, hunting, back-country skiing, and other outdoor activities.
This 1,700-acre Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village has long been open to visitors who come to tour its historic buildings and learn about traditional Shaker crafts, or to picnic, hike, or cross-country ski in the surrounding forests.
Located in Naples, the Sebago Headwaters Preserve includes habitat critical to maintaining the health of Sebago Lake, and is open to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, hunting, snowshoeing, and wildlife observation.
The 55-acre Spear Farm Estuary Preserve includes over two miles of gentle trails across rolling coastal terrain perfect for walking, cross-country skiing, and birdwatching. The Preserve also allows for hunting, and ice skating on a small pond if temperatures allow.
Located in Harpswell, Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s 122-acre Whaleboat Island Preserve features a rocky shoreline that invites exploration at low tide, a grassy meadow ideal for picnics, and three secluded campsites.
The 19-acre Skolfield Shores Preserve offers gorgeous views of Middle Bay Cove across open fields and wildlife-rich salt marshes, and welcomes hikers to explore its 1.1-mile network of family friendly trails.
Located in Freeport, this 147-acre municipal park attracts visitors for a number of outdoor recreational activities, including: hunting, fishing, nature study, hiking, ice skating, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
Located in Windham, the Black Brook Preserve features hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobile riding. Visitors will find over 600 feet of “bog bridges” to keep feet dry and numerous cedar benches for taking a break to enjoy the silence.