Located in Windham, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust’s Black Brook Preserve features hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobile riding. There are several miles of trails that cross through the preserve’s 105 acres. 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 or have a snack.
Falmouth Land Trust’s 285-acre Blackstrap Hill Preserve and adjacent town owned Wilshore Farm comprise nearly 600 acres of contiguous conservation land. Bordering the West Branch of the Piscataqua River, this mostly wooded area features many miles of multi-use trails.
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.
Located in the town of Brunswick, this 100-acre trail corridor connects Bowdoin College, the Town Commons, and Middle Bay. Hikers, birdwatchers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers can explore the corridor’s network of gentle paths as they wind through pitch pine barrens. This area is also a popular training place for student athletes.
Located in Brunswick, the 320-acre Crystal Spring Farm is an organic farm that includes a community supported agricultural program, educational activities for the community, a weekly farmer’s market with more than 40 vendors, a community garden, and family-friendly hiking trails.
Located in the heart of the town, the 160-acre Falmouth Community Park includes an active farm, open fields, forests, multi-purpose fields, running fields, and two ball fields. The park also features nearly 4 miles of general use trails designed for cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and jogging.
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.
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.
Fuller Farm, a 220-acre Scarborough Land Trust preserve, features a 2.6-mile trail system that meanders through the fields and woods of an old homestead, provides excellent bird watching opportunities, and offers access to a scenic waterfall on the Nonesuch River.
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.
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 Harpswell, Holbrook Wharf is a mixed-use property that includes a commercial fishing wharf, a snack bar, a historic house with two apartments, a general store and a second dock with floats for recreational boating access and two moorings.
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 near the town centers of North Yarmouth and Cumberland, Knight’s Pond is a 300-acre preserve popular for ice skating, fishing, dog walking, mountain biking, trail running, snowmobiling, hunting, and more. The preserve includes a pond, a large block of forestland, a network of trails, and critical wildlife habitat.
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.
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.
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.
Located in Scarborough Harbor, Pine Point Municipal Pier provides access for dozens of lobster boats and clam skiffs, generating income for more than 50 fishermen and families. LMF grant funds helped finance the construction of a new pier at Pine Point that significantly increased its productivity and improved access.
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.
Located in the City of Portland, the 48-acre Presumpscot River Preserve includes 2.5 miles of trails that wind through ravines while paralleling the water’s edge before reaching scenic Presumpscot Falls. The preserve is connected to a larger network of paths maintained by Portland Trails as well as conservation land located in neighboring Falmouth.
The 356-acre Raymond Community Forest features trails for hiking, walking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and mountain biking, and is open to traditional uses like hunting. Exceptional views from the ledges of Pismire Mountain lure visitors to this sustainably-managed forest throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 the town of Raymond, Tassel Top Park is situated on 35 acres on the east shore of southern Maine’s largest lake. A short walk through a mature forest leads visitors to 900 feet of sandy beach, one of the best beaches on the entire lake.
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.
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.