Trails

The Challenge includes trails in Bath, Brunswick, Georgetown, Harpswell, Topsham, West Bath and Westport Island, Maine. Click on the town names below to jump to trail information for those areas.

Click here for a map of the trails.

Bath
Brunswick & Topsham
Brunswick
Georgetown
Harpswell
Topsham
West Bath
Westport Island

 

Bath

Lilly Pond Community Forest
  • Town: Bath
  • Organization: Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
  • Length: Loop Distance: 1.25 miles
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Description: This loop takes adventurers through the preserve’s rocky and upland woodlands; keep your eyes peeled for porcupine and other furry forest creatures!
  • Directions: Take High Street south and turn left onto Marshall Street, where parking is available at Goddard Park on the left. Then walk south on High Street approximately 500 feet, just past Getchell Street, to preserve entry at wooden stairs on the right.
  • Dogs allowed? Leashed pets only.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No
  • Link for more information and trail map: http://kennebecestuary.org/conserved-lands/lilly-pond-community-forest-bath
Thorne Head Preserve
  • Town: Bath
  • Organization: Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
  • Length:
  • Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
  • Description: A choose your own adventure hike: design a route to the Narrows Trail through Thorne Head’s mixed woodlands, fresh water marsh, tidal wetlands, and more!
  • Directions: Take High Street north out of Bath to very end of the street. Parking area, kiosk and marked trails.
  • Dogs allowed? Leashed pets only.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No
  • Link for more information and trail map: http://kennebecestuary.org/conserved-lands/thorne-head-bath
Whiskeag Trail North: Thorne Head Preserve to Sewall Woods Preserve
  • Town: Bath
  • Organization: Bath Trails
  • Length: One Way Distance: 2.91 miles
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Description: Hiking and biking trail that takes an adventurer away from the hustle and bustle of Bath to the quiet of the woods and Whiskeag Creek waterfront.
  • Directions: Take High Street north out of Bath to very end of the street. Parking area, kiosk and marked trails.
  • Dogs allowed? Leashed pets only.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No
  • Link for more information and trail map: http://kennebecestuary.org/conserved-lands (scroll down for the “Whiskeag Trail” description)
Whiskeag Trail South: McMann Athletic Fields to Sewall Woods Preserve
  • Town: Bath
  • Organization: Bath Trails
  • Length: One Way Distance: 2.15 miles
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Description: Hiking and biking trail that traverses through mixed forest and along Whiskeag Creek- stretch your legs on this charming hike through the backwoods of Bath.
  • Directions: To McMann Fields: From downtown Bath, take Front Street north to North Street. Turn left onto North Street and travel 0.6 miles. Continue onto Congress Street for 0.3 miles. Parking for the trail and fields will be on the right.
  • Dogs allowed? Leashed pets only.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No
  • Link for more information and trail map: http://kennebecestuary.org/conserved-lands (scroll down for the “Whiskeag Trail” description)

Brunswick & Topsham

Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk
  • Town: Brunswick & Topsham
  • Organization: Towns of Brunswick & Topsham
  • Length: 1.25 mile bicycle/pedestrian path
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Description: The path offers scenic overlooks of the Androscoggin River while providing a pedestrian and bicycle connection between the historic Androscoggin Swinging Bridge and the Frank J. Wood (“Green”) Bridge.
  • Directions The Brunswick end of the Androscoggin Swinging Bridge at
    the intersection of Mill Street & Cushing Street or at the Topsham end of
    the Androscoggin Swinging Bridge at the intersection of Bridge & Prospect
    Streets.
  • Dogs allowed? Yes, must be leashed at all times.
  • Wheelchair accessible? Yes
  • Link for more information and trail map: http://www.androscogginriverwalk.org/map–directions.html

Brunswick

Chase Reserve
  • Town: Brunswick
  • Organization: Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
  • Length: 1.0 mile trail connecting to additional trails
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Description: A short, wooded walk through hemlock ridges and vernal pools ending at an old beaver dam on the Little River where you can cross (proceed with caution!) and pick up Freeport Conservation Trust’s Antoinette Jackman Trail.
  • Directions: The parking area is located at the Brunswick-Freeport town line on Bunganuc Road. From Brunswick the parking area will be on your right, and from the left if coming from Freeport.
  • Dogs allowed? Yes, must be leashed at all times.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No
  • Link for more information and trail map: http://www.btlt.org/trailmap/
Crystal Spring Farm
  • Town: Brunswick
  • Organization: Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
  • Length: 5 mile network
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Description: A lovely walk exploring active farm fields, spring blueberry blossoms, creeks and vernal pools and quiet woods.
  • Directions: Crystal Spring Farm is located on Pleasant Hill Road between Maine Street and Church Road. Trails can be accessed from two parking areas. From downtown Brunswick, travel south on Maine Street and turn right on Pleasant Hill Road. To reach Maurice Drive parking, proceed west on Pleasant Hill Road for .3 miles, turn right onto Baribeau Drive, then left onto Maurice Drive in .2 miles. At the end of Maurice Drive, turn left onto Horizons, then immediately right into the small lot marked with a BTLT sign. The trail enters the woods north of the Community Garden. To access Pleasant Hill Road parking, continue on Pleasant Hill Road for approximately 1.3 miles and turn left past the Crystal Spring Farm sign into the parking lot to the left of a tree-lined driveway. The trail leaves from the southwest corner of the parking lot where the shed is located.
  • Dogs allowed? Yes, must be leashed at all times.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No
  • Link for more information and trail map: http://www.btlt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Trails-at-Crystal-Spring-Farm.pdf

 

Labyrinth in the Woods
  • Town: Brunswick
  • Organization: Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
  • Length: 0 miles
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Description: Labyrinth in the Woods provides opportunities for meditation and spiritual practice in a natural setting. It is open to all people. The path, marked with stone, is to be walked deliberately. From the entrance, a single route winds its way to the center. It is not a maze – there are no dead ends. Return by the same path.
  • Directions: Labyrinth parking is located on Maurice Drive. To reach Maurice Drive parking, take Maine Street south from downtown Brunswick. Turn right onto McKeen Street. Proceed for 0.3 miles, and then turn left onto Baribeau Drive. After 0.2 miles, turn right onto Maurice Drive. At the end of Maurice Drive, turn left into Horizons, and then immediately turn right into the small lot marked with a Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust sign. The trailhead (access to the Community Labyrinth) is marked by a kiosk in the woods to the right when facing the Community Garden entrance gate. Though this is not the actual address, for GPS, use 90 Maurice Drive, Brunswick, ME.
  • Dogs allowed? No
  • Wheelchair accessible? No
  • For more information: http://www.btlt.org/labyrinth-in-the-woods/

Georgetown

Morse Pond Preserve
  • Town: Georgetown
  • Organization: Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
  • Length: 3 miles (roundtrip)
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Description: This trail begins at the parking area and proceeds out through spruce forests to a series of dramatic ridges and quiet streams. Take the Morse Pond Trail for a splendid, tranquil view of Morse Pond.
  • Directions: To get to Morse Pond Preserve: from Route 1, take Route 127 (Five Islands Rd.) south for 10 miles. Turn right on Seguinland Road and drive 1.1 miles to the preserve. The entrance to the small gravel parking lot will be on the right.
  • Dogs allowed?: No
  • Wheelchair accessible?: No
  • Link for more information and trail map: http://kennebecestuary.org/conserved-lands/morse-pond-preserve

Harpswell

Cliff Trail
  • Town: Harpswell
  • Organization: Town of Harpswell
  • Length: 2.3 miles
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Description: The Cliff Trail is one of the most popular trails in Harpswell. This is a rugged trail that includes a shore walk along tidal Strawberry Creek and spectacular views from 150-foot cliffs overlooking Long Reach. Unbroken preserved forest stretches to the east and south of Long Reach. Fairy house zones provide children and adults alike a place for play and creativity.
  • Directions: The trailhead is at the far corner of the back parking lot at the Harpswell Town Office, 263 Mountain Road.
  • Dogs allowed? Yes, under owners’ control.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No.
  • Link for more information and trail map: https://hhltmaine.org/get-outdoors/cliff-trail/
Curtis Farm Preserve
  • Town: Harpswell
  • Organization: Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
  • Length: Options range from 0.5 to 2.5 miles
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Description: Curtis Farm Preserve has much to offer visitors. The 1.25-mile trail system takes visitors through field, forest and to coastal bays, with scenic views along the way. The Preserve includes nearly 2,000 feet of shoreline on both Curtis Cove and Basin Cove, gravel beaches, a freshwater pond, forested freshwater wetlands and 15 acres of intertidal mud flats for shellfish and wildlife nursery areas. Running up the ridge from the shore of Curtis Cove, the habitat runs from fresh water wetlands to brushy shrub areas, a mix of softwood and hardwood forest, and a six-acre open field. On a clear day, the views across Middle Bay as far west as Mt. Washington are impressive.
  • Directions: There are two access points to the preserve. For the upland access, from the intersection of Rt 123 and Bath Rd at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, follow Rt 123 south for 11.4 miles. The parking lot is in a field on the right. For the shore access, follow Rt 123 south another .2 miles and then turn right on Ash Point Rd. Take your first right on Basin Point Rd and drive .5 miles to a parking lot on the right.
  • Dogs allowed? No dogs off leash during bird nesting season, April 15-July 31. Dogs must be under voice control the rest of the year.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No.
  • Link for more information and trail map: https://hhltmaine.org/get-outdoors/curtis-farm-preserve/
Devil’s Back Trail Area
  • Town: Harpswell
  • Organization: Town of Harpswell
  • Length: 1.2 miles
  • Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
  • Description: The Devil’s Back Trail Area takes its name for the land it is on, the road runs along the “spine” of the Devil’s Back. The west side was opened in 2012 and has a trail system that winds through mixed forest, including everything from old growth pines to a few hardy apple trees. The easy loop trail descends to Long Cove, providing numerous views of the water. Be on the lookout for osprey nestled in large “stick nests,” or soaring over the cove searching for fish to eat. The trail drops down to the rocky shore, and is a great place for an afternoon getaway.
  • Directions: From Cook’s Corner in Brunswick, follow Rt 24 south for 9.4 miles. Soon after crossing onto Orr’s Island, look for a parking area on the left. The trail begins across the street from the parking.
  • Dogs allowed? Yes, under owners’ control.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No.
  • Link for more information and trail map: https://hhltmaine.org/get-outdoors/devils-back-trail/
Houghton Graves Park
  • Town: Harpswell
  • Organization: Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
  • Length: .25 mile
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Description: Located in the middle of Orr’s Island village, Houghton Graves Park provides visitors a breath of fresh air. Mowed grassy paths lead to picnic tables, views of beautiful Beal’s Cove on Harpswell Sound and provide access to the shore. This three-acre “pocket park” is a great place to spend a few minutes, or a few hours.
  • Directions: From Cook’s Corner in Brunswick, follow Rt 24 south for 11.9 miles. The Park is on the right, opposite Lowell’s Cove Road. Please park by the side of the road and follow the trail between the rail fence and the marsh.
  • Dogs allowed? Yes, under owner control.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No
  • Link for more information and trail map: https://hhltmaine.org/get-outdoors/houghton-graves-park/
Long Reach Preserve
  • Town: Harpswell
  • Organization: Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
  • Length: 1.5 miles
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Description: This spectacular 95-acre preserve provides one of the longest hiking trails in Harpswell. A challenging 1.5-mile loop trail winds through several different forest types, passes a peat bog nestled between two prominent bedrock ridges and finally descends to the shores of Long Reach.
  • Directions: From Cook’s Corner in Brunswick, follow Rt 24 south for 6.8 mi. The Preserve shares a parking lot with the Trufant-Summerton Ball Field, which will be on your right. The trailhead is to the right as you enter the parking lot.
  • Dogs allowed? No dogs off leash during bird nesting season, April 15-July 31. Dogs must be under voice control the rest of the year.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No.
  • Link for more information and trail map: https://hhltmaine.org/get-outdoors/long-reach-preserve/
Skolfield Shores Preserve
  • Town: Harpswell
  • Organization: Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
  • Length: 1 mile
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Description: With fields, saltwater marsh and more than 4,000 feet of shoreline on Middle Bay Cove, Skolfield is a great place to go for a walk and spotting a wide range of birds. Two trail loops, for a total of a mile, wind through varied forest habitat and provide views of the cove, the saltwater marsh separating Brunswick and Harpswell and the fields of historic Merrucoonegan Farm. A spur trail leads to a turn of the century boathouse along the shore.
  • Directions: From the intersection of Rt 123 and Bath Rd at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, follow Rt 123 south for 4.6 mi. Turn right into Skolfield Drive and then take an immediate left into the parking lot for the preserve.
  • Dogs allowed? No.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No.
  • Link for more information and trail map: https://hhltmaine.org/get-outdoors/skolfield-shores-preserve/
Widgeon Cove Trail
  • Town: Harpswell
  • Organization: Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
  • Length: 0.6 miles
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Description: This half-mile loop trail is the perfect way to take in beautiful Widgeon Cove on Harpswell Sound. The path winds through woodlands, across ravines and along the shoreline where there is a dramatic view of the cove. At this scenic viewpoint, visitors can enjoy a picnic with family and friends, take pictures or just sit quietly to observe waterfowl, wading birds and other wildlife that frequent the cove.
  • Directions: From the intersection of Rt 123 and Bath Rd at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, follow Rt 123 south for 7.4 miles. Immediately after the Wilson’s Cove Trail parking lot on the right, look for the Widgeon Cove Trail parking lot on the left.
  • Dogs allowed? Yes, on leash.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No
  • Link for more information and trail map: https://hhltmaine.org/get-outdoors/widgeon-cove-trail/

Topsham

Bradley Pond Farm Preserve
  • Town: Topsham
  • Organization: Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
  • Length: 2 mile network
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Description: On a private, working farm, these public trails provide views of hayfields, stone walls, and Bradley Pond from the hush of deep woods. Visitors may see deer and
    other forest mammals, waterfowl, and forest and field-dwelling birds.
  • Directions: Bradley Pond Farm is at the end of Bradley Pond Rd, Topsham. From the Green Bridge over the Androscoggin between Brunswick and Topsham, head north on Rt 201. In 5.5 miles, Bradley Pond Road is on the left. Follow the road until it turns to dirt and curves to the left at the property entrance. There are two gravel parking areas, marked by kiosks, both to the left of the driveway. The preserve is located on privately owned land that is open to the public for hiking and skiing – please stay on designated trails.
  • Dogs allowed? Yes, must be leashed at all times.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No
  • Link for more information and trail map: http://www.btlt.org/trailmap/
Cathance River Trail
  • Town: Topsham
  • Organization: Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
  • Length: 1.4 miles of trails
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Description: The Cathance River Trail, starting at Head of tide Park and connecting to Cathance River Nature Preserve, snakes through diverse forest ecosystems and along some of the wildest sections of the Cathance River.
  • Directions: Head of Tide Park is located on the Cathance Road about one mile from Rt 24. The Trailhead is located near the bathrooms & kiosk – the first parking area to your right when approaching from Rt 24.
  • Dogs allowed? Yes, must be leashed at all time.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No.
  • Link for more information and trail map: http://www.btlt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CRNP_Trail_Map_01132015.jpg.pdf

 

Town Landing Trail
  • Town: Topsham
  • Organization: Town of Topsham
  • Length: .4 miles
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Description: This new trail is part of a larger network along the Androscoggin River in Topsham. It leads hikers to a lovely overlook at the former town landing.
  • Directions: Park in Lower Village at Old Fire Station area, walk up Green Street, take a right onto Town Land Road (keep to the right)
  • Dogs allowed? Yes, must be leashed at all times.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No
  • Link for more information and trail map: n/a

West Bath

Green Point Preserve
  • Town: West Bath
  • Organization: Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
  • Length: Out and Back Distance: 1.14 mi
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Description: A perfect walk for families and beginning hikers- walk through towering pines to a fabulous water view of Winnegance Bay.
  • Directions: Take High Street south from Bath 2.4 miles, bearing right at Winnegance store which turns to Campbell Pond Road, after 2.2 miles turn right onto Birch Point Road. Parking 1 mile down. No hunting and leashed pets only.
  • Dogs allowed? Leashed pets only.
  • Wheelchair accessible? No
  • Link for more information and trail map: http://kennebecestuary.org/conserved-lands/green-point-west-bath

Westport Island

Carl and Barbara Segerstrom Preserve at Squam Creek
  • Town: Westport Island
  • Length: 2.5 miles for longest loop (shorter loops available)
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Description: Travel down a trail toward Squam Creek where significant tidal waterfowl and wading bird habitat surrounded by forest provides havens for cormorants, ducks, herons, songbirds, deer, and moose.
  • Directions: From Route 1, take ME-144 South for approximately 6.5 miles. Turn right on West Shore Road (Upper) and drive about 0.5 miles to the property. The entrance is located on the left after crossing the causeway over Squam Creek.
  • Dog allowed? Leashed pets only.
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Link for more information and trail map (link will be active starting May 1): http://kennebecestuary.org/conserved-lands/squam-creek-westport