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, 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.
Woodward Cove, an 18-acre Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust property, is located in Brunswick on the upper shores of its namesake cove. The preserve provides access for clammers and wormers to one of the region’s most productive mudflats.