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.
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.
Located in York, John Hancock Wharf provides three commercial lobster boats loading and unloading capacity, gear and bait storage, parking and access to fuel. LMF grant funds helped finance infrastructure improvements such as stabilizing the shoreline and adding another ramp and float.
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.
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.
Located in Sanford, the 72-acre Noon Family Sheep Farm markets organic lamb at select fairs and festivals through their barbecue food booth. They also sell hay, and mail order organic fleeces, natural wool yarn, and sheepskins. Frozen lamb sausage and other cuts are usually available at the farm.
Saco River Indian Cellar is an 81-acre municipal park maintained by the Hollis Conservation Commission. Visitors will find 8 different trails encompassing 2.5 miles that lead to the scenic shores of the Saco River and a handful of picnic spots. The preserve offers opportunities for cross-country skiing, fishing, horseback riding, hunting, mountain biking, running, snowshoeing, swimming, and hiking. Canoe and kayak access to Indian Cellar is available nearby at Pleasant Point Park in Buxton.
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 coastal York County, the 2,250-acre Wells Reserve features more than seven miles of hiking trails that visit fields, forests, marshes and a sand beach. The diverse habitats provide excellent opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife observation.