Searching for the perfect beach? Popham Beach, (207-389-9125) is renowned for its wide, sandy beach, beautiful views and excellent swimming. Kids will love exploring the ruins of the adjacent historic Fort Popham.
For family fun in Brunswick, Thomas Point Beach (207-725-6009, 29 Meadow Rd.) is a clean, sandy beach that offers picnicking, camping, a snack bar, playgrounds for the kids, and volleyball and softball areas.
Or visit Coffin Pond Recreation Area with a sandy beach, lifeguards, 55' water slide, playground and picnic sites. (207-725-6656, River Rd., Brunswick)
Interested in exploring nature? Discover Reid State Park (207-371-2303) – a paradise of sand dunes, hiking trails, bird watching and a magnificent beach! (375 Seguinland Rd, Georgetown.)
Or you may want to enjoy freshwater swimming and picnicking among the shade trees at Peacock Beach (Rt. 201, Richmond).
For tide information visit this site.
Bikers welcome! Road biking, mountain biking, and recreational cycling – we have it all.
In Brunswick, follow the 2.63 mile bike path for a family ride that winds along the Androscoggin River.
Road bikers can enjoy scenic routes along winding rural roads in our bike friendly communities. Ride the rolling hills on a "Maine Bike Tours" route through the historic towns of Bath and Wiscasset. When you bike down our regions abundant back roads and peninsulas, you'll experience flowering fields, blue skies, and ocean views. Stop at a lobster shack for a lobster roll, fish sandwich, steamers, and more! Many rides pass country stores, providing a great place to stop, rest, and refuel. Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club meets Wednesday evenings at 6 pm throughout the summer for group rides (short, intermediate and long) starting from the Gazebo in downtown Brunswick.
Mountain bikers frequent Bradbury State park for challenging trails and terrain.
Many towns in the region support cycling with both automobile and cycling lanes on the roads. Watch out though, for soft or no shoulders.
Boating & Waterways
Public Boat Access
With 18 public boat landings, visitors can access the water from numerous locations. A complete list is located on the map in our Visitor’s Guide and click here.
Explore Local Waterways
With more coastline than any other section of Maine, sail boat and motor boat enthusiasts are sure to find pleasure when cruising our waters. Two bays and four major rivers grace the waters of coastal Southern Midcoast Maine and are a delight to explore.
Dotted with lobster buoys and osprey, Casco Bay is home to many species of marine life including seals, dolphins, and migrating pilot whales. It offers welcoming harbors including Mackerel Cove, Cundy’s and Sebasco. To experience marine life up close, book a trip aboard Boothbay Whale Watch, Cap'n Fish's WhaleWatch & Scenic Nature Cruises, and Casco Bay Lines (Bailey Island Nature Cruise).
The Kennebec River is adorned with dramatic lighthouses. You will find more details in the Lighthouse section of this website.
Adventurous cruisers can continue two miles offshore to open ocean and Sequin Island. Visiting the 64-acre island, lighthouse, and museum by private boat is permissible, but bring your dingy, use NOAA Chart 13295, “Kennebec and Sheepscot River Entrances” to assist in safe navigation into the cove.
If you are looking to see bald eagles and other waterfowl, the Maine Audubon lists Merrymeeting Bay, where the Androscoggin and Kennebec Rivers meet, as a prime location for boaters to spot these majestic birds.
The Sheepscot River provides exploration of Westport Island, Wiscasset and Edgecomb, including water views of the Fort Edgecomb.
Sportfishing Charters & Guide Services
See our Directory under Boats, Marinas & Services for more details, including phone numbers.
Tide Charts can be found at this website.
Dozens of miles of hiking and walking trails turn into winter wonderlands for the cross-country skier and snowshoe fans! Glide past snow-covered fields, woods dusted white, and bays alternately frozen or sparkling in the sun.
In Topsham, Bradley Pond Farm Recreation Area has a 2.5 mile trail system in a 162-acre preserve. Bordered by the Cathance River, wind through sections of old growth forest around a heath, known as the “bird sanctuary”, at the 230-acre Cathance River Nature Preserve.
On Great Island in Harpswell you may access the 90-acres and enjoy a 1-mile, marked, loop trail with views of Quahog Bay.
Merrymeeting Fields Preserve in Woolwich offers both forest and fields with frontage on the Kennebec River and Chops Creek with an overlook on Merrymeeting Bay. Bath Country Club offers free trails in a beautiful rural setting.
In Brunswick, traverse the Town Commons (Rte. 123), a woodland section of the original thousand-acre "commonage" granted from the Pejepscot Proprietors in 1719. Continue on to Maquoit Bay, one of Maine's coastal gems and on to the “Brunswick-to-the-Ocean” Trail Corridor which extends from the Bowdoin College athletic fields through the Town Commons and out to Middle Bay. Enjoy the quiet beauty of Crystal Spring Farm’s trail system or a view from the highest point in Brunswick on the 103 acres of Cox Pinnacle.
Fairs & Festivals
Celebrations abound in each of our 16 communities from the “down home” to the internationally acclaimed. Year-round an amazing array of fairs and festivals take place. Our festivals offer everything from classical to bluegrass music, the romantic skirl of bagpipes to lively folk dancing, the excitement of harness racing to the awesome rush of the Navy’s Blue Angels.
Of course, no festival or fair is complete without the celebration of food…fresh squeezed lemonade, newly picked strawberries, fried dough dusted with sugar, lobster and crabmeat rolls, and organically grown produce served up just right!
Add in the whirl of carnival rides, parades with marching bands, booths full of fine art and crafts, and the boom and brilliance of grand fireworks displays. Experience the excitement and you will be well on your way to making the midcoast festivals an annual “must attend” for you, your family and friends.
For more details and more events click here
Creative, noisy or serene activities abound for every child (no matter what age you may be!) in the 16 communities of Southern Midcoast Maine. Begin your adventure with a train ride aboard Maine Eastern Railroad or tour the town on the Bath Trolley (caroling at Christmas) or seek high adventure on the “sea” with a boat ride from one of many charters. Or visit Winters Gone Farm, a working Alpaca farm complete with trails and picnic area.
Want or need to be indoors? Take lessons or swim laps at the Bath Family YMCA. Play tennis indoors at Maine Pines Racquet and Fitness. Play racquetball, wallyball, tennis or use the exercise equipment at one of many fitness centers. Lace up your roller skates and go round and round at Roller World (Topsham). See who scores the most strikes bowling at Yankee Lanes or candlepin bowling at the Bowling Bowl (Brunswick.) Be inspired to create your own hats and scarves while browsing through Halycon Yarn.
Enjoy Town Recreation Centers
Many towns have outdoor tennis and basketball courts. In Brunswick at Stanwood & McKeen Streets and Edwards Field, and in Bath at McMann Outdoor area. Year round recreation programs, including sports teams and camps, are offered by all of the 16 towns in the our region including clinics at Bowdoin College.
Hang out at the Brunswick Teen Center and play video games or air hockey. Catch a flick, skateboard indoors or listen to a local rock band at the Bath Meetinghouse. Outdoor skateboarding is available at the Brunswick Skate Park. For movies try Eveningstar Cinema, Regal 10 Screen Cinema or a rental from any number of video stores.
Fishing And Water Based Activities
Water, water everywhere! Bait your hook and fish at one of numerous bridges, ponds and streams…the New Meadows River, Bay Bridge Landing, Bath Waterfront Park, Pejepscot Fish Park, Caesar Pond and more.
Venture down the stairs next to the Brunswick-Topsham Hydro Station and watch salmon, alewives and shad as they migrate up the Androscoggin River through an aquarium like window – May through June in the afternoons.
Whiz down a water slide and picnic with the family at Coffin Pond (Brunswick.) Enjoy the cool freshwater at Peacock Beach State Park (Richmond). Discover hidden swimming ponds in all of our towns…Center Pond, Charles Pond or Nequasset Lake.
Snow and cold can’t keep you indoors! Winter fun includes outdoor ice skating on frozen ponds on the Town Mall or Coffin Pond and even ice hockey at Lishness Field (Brunswick); Bowdoinham Central School or Dummer St. Pond and Goddard Pond (Bath). Thrill to a sled ride down a hill at Bath Country Club and McMann Outdoor Area (Bath) Foreside Rd. Recreation Area (Topsham) and Coffin Pond Hill (Brunswick). Click on the trails section for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Many of the best family outings are free… walking and hiking trails, farmer’s markets, summer outdoor concerts (Bowdoinham Waterfront, Music on the Mall in Brunswick and Bath Gazebo Concerts) and public libraries have not only children’s areas but special programs. And don’t forget a walk to a local playground. Most can be found at the elementary schools located in our 16 communities. All are open to the public during non-school hours.
No matter what your kids want to do, they can find it in one of our 16 communities. Make sure to check out the other listings under “Attractions” on this website.
Fore! Breathtaking ocean views or the majestic beauty of tall pines, golf courses in Southern Midcoast Maine await the beginner or the accomplished golfer.
Want to be in the first tournament of year? Sign up for the Patriots Day Tournament at the 18-hole Brunswick Golf Club (some say the best course in Maine). Commune with nature and enjoy Scottish design at the Highland Green Golf Club (9-holes). Try a shot over Casco Bay at Sebasco Harbor Resort (9-holes). Or play beautiful Boothbay Country Club with 18 championship holes. Did you know you can play Mere Creek Golf Course (9-holes) at Brunswick Naval Air Station (207-373-0695)? Or "Skip Work, Play Golf" at Bath Country Club (18 holes) in Bath. You can also take lessons from golf pros at these courses.
Want some fun for the whole family? Play miniature golf at Long Shot Golf Center and practice your swing at their driving range or have fun at Country Fareways Par 3 (10-holes) Golf Course.
They are easy to find and tee times are easy to obtain. They are all open to the public!
Walk through National Historic Districts, many of which include individual buildings that are National Register of Historic Places: Bath; Day's Ferry in Woolwich; Federal Street, Lincoln Street and Pennellville in Brunswick and the Brunswick Women's History Walking Trial; Auburn Colony in Harpswell; Old Union Hotel in Cundy's Harbor; Topsham; Richmond and downtown Wiscasset.
Special And Unique Places
Here are just a few of our special and unique places:
Androscoggin Swinging Bridge (c.1892) built by John A. Roebling Sons Co., is a steel and wood structure that was recently restored. Workers from Topsham Heights crossed it to get to work at the Cabot Mill (Fort Andross). National Register of Historic Places.
Bailey Island Cribstone Bridge (c.1926) Is one of a kind! It is a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Consisting of granite blocks laid honeycomb fashion, it links Orr's Island and Bailey Island. National Register of Historic Places. Rebuilt 2010.
Bowdoin College was founded in 1794. Massachusetts Hall (c.1807) is on the National Register of Historic Places. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, U.S. President Franklin Pierce, and Nathanial Hawthorne attended in the 19th century. In the 20th century, US Senators William Cohen and George Mitchell and US Olympic Gold Medalist, Joan Benoit Samuelson, attended.
First Parish Church (c.1846) Harriet Beecher Stowe saw a vision while attending services and began "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Gen. Joshua Chamberlain was a long-time member. A number of other churches are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Harriet Beecher Stowe House. The author wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in this Brunswick home and in her husband's office at Bowdoin College. (Not open to the public.) National Register of Historic Places.
A natural highway for centuries between Quebec City, the St. Lawrence, and the Gulf of Maine. A portion of the corridor is the Arnold Trail to Quebec. Our region comprises the Tidewater Kennebec River section.
Libraries and Historical Societies
Are you ready to delve further into the history of our communities or gather information for family genealogy? Use these resources:
Albert F. Totman Library (serves Phippsburg)
Bowdoin College's Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
Bridge Academy Public Library (serves Dresden)
Curtis Memorial Library (serves Brunswick and Harpswell)
Laura E. Richards Library (serves Georgetown)
Patten Free Library (serves Bath, Arrowsic, Georgetown, Phippsburg, West Bath, and Woolwich. Also the home of Bath Historical Society)
Pejepscot Historical Society (serves Brunswick, Harpswell and Topsham. Contact for walking and driving tours.)
Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. (Contact for walking and driving tours.)
Wiscasset Public Library (serves Wiscasset, Edgecomb, Westport Island)
Kayaking options abound here. With abundant ocean and river options, 17 public boat launches, and hundreds of miles of coastline, choices range from an easy hour paddle to overnight excursions.
Bring your own kayak or rent from a local outfitter. Local outfitters include Up the Creek Kayak and Canoe Rentals, and Seaspray Kayaking. Take advantage of their many touring offers including moonlight or sunset paddles, trips to Eagle Island, multi-day expeditions, inn to inn tours, corporate team building programs and more! Test your skills in a local race or kayak fishing tournament.
For those interested in becoming an instructor, 3 day ACA Instructor Development workshops or Certification workshops are offered in the region.
Experience the majesty and mystery of our lighthouses, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, that continue to shine on our seafaring heritage.
Squirrel Point. Bald Head Rd., Arrowsic, accessible by hiking on land.
Doubling Point (1898) Octagonal tower on a granite pier connected to shore by walkway. Doubling Pt. Rd., Arrowsic. Privately owned, access allowed.
Doubling Point Range Lights. East bank of Kennebec River, Arrowsic. National Register of Historic Places. Line up the two lights as you pass Ram Island and follow them up the Kennebec River channel until the Doubling Point Light is in view and swing to the west for Bath.
Fuller Rock Light. Off of Rte. 209, Small Point, Phippsburg.
Halfway Rock Light Station. Off Bailey Island in Casco Bay.
Perkins Island Light (1898). Features an octagonal light tower, keeper's house, storage building, and oil shed. National Register of Historic Places. Viewed from Parker Head Rd., Phippsburg.
Pond Island Lighthouse. A white stone tower overlooking the mouth of the Kennebec River. Viewed from Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg.
Seguin Island Light Station (1795) Commissioned in 1795 by George Washington. National Register of Historic Places. The granite tower contains the only 1st Order Fresnel Lens in Maine. Viewed from Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg or visit by boat.
Maine Maritime Museum. Be awestruck at the life-size sculptural representation of the Wyoming, the largest wooden commercial sailing vessel ever constructed. Step aboard a replica of a diesel tug boat pilot-house and lots more.
Browse through exhibits detailing the history of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell at the Pejepscot Museum. Explore three generations of a prominent Brunswick family with careers in seafaring, medicine and education at the Skolfield Whittier House. Tour the home of the hero of Little Round Top at Gettysburg during the Civil War, Governor of Maine, and President of Bowdoin College at the The Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum.
On the campus of Bowdoin College learn about cultures and natural environments of the Arctic and subarctic at the Peary-MacMillan Artic Museum. Included are photos and artifacts from Peary’s expedition to reach the North Pole. A few steps away are outstanding collections from the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world to artwork created in the first years of the 21st century at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Venture off of Route #1 in Woolwich to Rt. 128 to the Dresden Brick School House Museum (c.1816) and then picnic on the grounds of the only remaining pre-Revolutionary War court building in Maine, the Pownalborough Courthouse (c.1761).
Old Stone Schoolhouse Museum (c.1820)
Off the coast of Harpswell sail to Admiral Robert E. Peary’s summer home on Eagle Island (and bring a picnic!)
Harpswell Center contains a small cluster of historic buildings and grounds including the Tarr-Hackett House, the Elijah Kellogg Church, the old Harpswell Meeting House and graveyard.
Trace life in Phippsburg from Native Americans through World War II, in an 1859 one-room schoolhouse.
Tour one of the grandest homes on Main St., the T.J. Southard House (c.1870).
Imagine living in a rural farmhouse (c.1810) when you tour the Woolwich Historical Society. The Museum contains several restored rooms of items dating from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries.
Castle Tucker (c.1807) will remind you of a time when the village was the busiest port east of Boston. And the impressive facade of the Nickels-Sortwell House (c.1807) recalls the prosperity brought by shipbuilding. Marvel at the collection of 5000 mechanical musical instruments at the Musical Wonder House (c. 1852). Discover what kinds of prisoners inhabited the Old Lincoln County Jail (1811-1954).
Culture And The Arts
Southern Midcoast Maine boasts an extraordinary number of artists and craftspeople, galleries, antique dealers, studios, live theater, music, museums and history. Explore downtown arts scenes, scenic peninsulas and side trips along river roads, to find out of the way art studios, community festivals, historic towns and new landscapes to capture your imagination as they do the artists who live and create here.
Search our Events section for a complete list of what is happening in the arts, or call Five Rivers Arts Alliance, your resource for in-depth information about arts, culture, and heritage, at 207-798-6964.
Friday Night Art Walks
Friday Night Art Walks are back, starting in May (in Brunswick) and June (in Bath). Spend a relaxing evening strolling down the scenic streets of Bath and Brunswick and explore the galleries, shops, and studios of local artists. Discover new works by fiberartists, painters, jewelers, woodworkers, sculptures and more!
Brunswick and Topsham hold Second Friday Artwalks, on the second Friday of the month, from 5pm - 8pm, May to December.
Bath holds Third Friday Artwalks each month, on the third Friday of the month, 5:00pm - 7:30pm, June through September.
Downtown Art And Cultural Venues
Brunswick’s Maine Street links Bowdoin College at one end to Fort Andross and the Androscoggin River at the other. The college offers student and premiere performances and speakers throughout the academic year. In the summer Maine State Music Theatre brings Broadway to Brunswick with four fully staged professional musicals at the college’s historic Pickard Theater. Also on campus each summer, Bowdoin International Music Festival runs a world-class music school with two artists’ concert series and the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music.
From the college, a walk downtown takes you past the stately homes of Park Row and The Mall, our town green. You can find jewelry designed and forged right in town, and galleries that feature pottery, fiber, craft and fine arts.
The Theater Project offers performances and classes in an intimate community theater. Fort Andross anchors Maine Street’s northern end. The renovated 19th century woolen mill is home to antique and flea markets, artists’ studios, fine woodworkers, and more.
Across the Androscoggin River stands the landmark Bowdoin Mill in Topsham. Just up the street is Maine Fiberarts, your link to fiber artists in the Maine. Pick up a tour map, and list of gallery shows, by the state’s finest fiber artists. Topsham’s Orion Performing Arts Center hosts performances by local and national acts including The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra.
Bath, the City of Ships, is also home to a lively arts and cultural community. The Chocolate Church Arts Center brings American and international musicians to its renovated theater and hosts fine arts exhibitions in its gallery. Bath’s downtown offers galleries, antique shops, artists and dance studios.
Art On The Road
We hope you have time to take a trip off the highway. You will find art galleries, studios and views that inspire. Here woodworkers create furniture in traditional, rustic and contemporary styles. Boat builders, potters, quilters, papermakers, jewelers, painters and photographers create and sell their work in studios and shops across the region.
Check out the The Merrymeeting Arts Center, located in the village of Bowdoinham. The center has a gallery exhibiting work by local artists and emerging artists. There is a gallery shop selling local art, crafts, books, and local gift items. The Brycework Museum hosts rotating exhibitions of Bryce Muir's whimsical wooden sculptures and amusing work.
Find artists and studio listings at Five Rivers Arts.
Whether it’s an old logging road, a paved bikeway or a path cushioned with pine needles, the communities of Southern Midcoast Maine have dozens of trails open to the public. You’ll be delighted with discoveries of wildflowers, birds and wildlife. Please stay on the designated paths, respecting adjacent landowners' privacy, and follow all regulations so that these special areas will provide outdoor recreational enjoyment for years to come. If you're looking for a walk to enjoy the splendor of the changing colors in the fall visit this website for information on peak fall foliage.
Bald Head Preserve is off of Bald Head Rd. and on the "Back River".
Butler Head Nature Preserve is on Butler Head Rd. off of Varney Mill Rd. Enjoy the views of Merrymeeting Bay.
Sewall Woods Preserve is accessed by Whiskeag Rd. The preserve is primarily a mixed species forest and includes over 2300 feet of shore frontage on Whiskeag Creek. The intertidal zone of Whiskeag Creek is home to 10 species of listed rare plants (4 threatened and 6 special concern species) whose presence in Maine is only in these tidal, low salinity mudflats. This is an important feeding area for water birds and shorebirds and is frequented by bald eagles and osprey.
Thorne Head Preserve is a 96.5-acre peninsula overlooking Merrymeeting Bay and Whiskeag Creek on the west bank of the Kennebec River facing Day's Ferry. Come here for dog walking, hunting, fishing, hiking and mountain biking.
Caesar Pond Wildlife Management Area is a 500-acre wetland and upland forest area. Enjoy hunting, fishing, ice fishing, boating and canoeing. View eagles, osprey, deer and waterfowl here.
Detweiler/Leyman Property is on Carding Machine Rd.
Androscoggin River Bicycle Path Scenic paved path for walking, biking, inline skating and jogging. Parking on Water St. Follows shore of Androscoggin River for 2.6 miles.
Bay Bridge Wetland Interpretive Park on Old Bath Rd.
Bowdoin Pines Trail is a ½ mile nature trail through a white pine forest. Park on Federal Street by the Cram Alumni House.
Brunswick Town Commons Trails cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking and hiking. The woods are the southwestern section of the original thousand-acre "commonage" granted from the Pejepscot Proprietors in 1719. It features a picnic area with tables. Leashed dogs are permitted.
Brunswick-to-the-Ocean Trail Corridor is a valuable wildlife habitat including deer, fox, moose and amphibians. Hiking, nature study, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. From the Town Commons (Rte. 123) to Maquoit Bay.
Captain Alfred Skolfield Nature Preserve is an 11-acre woodland abutting a salt marsh with two loop trails through white pine, balsam fir, beech, red spruce, red oak, hemlock and other tree species.
Cox Pinnacle boasts 103 acres containing the highest point in Brunswick with wetlands, wooded trails, ledge outcroppings, and stone walls. Open for cross-country skiing.
Crystal Spring Farm Trails is a 2.5 mile trail winding through forests, fields and a blueberry barren. Open year round for hiking or cross-county skiing.
Parkview Wellness Trails A groomed wellness trail through the woods surrounding the hospital of about one mile, the trail can be accessed at the rear of the front parking lot at 329 Maine Street.
Mid Coast Hospital Nature Trail is a series of walking paths through the forested wetlands area between the hospital and the protected estuary and salt water marshes of Thompson's Brook.
Earle R. Kelley Wildlife Management Area. 500 acres, much of it marshland, that is maintained by State Dept. of Inland FIsheries and Wildlife. It is 1.5 miles from intersection of Rt. 27 and Blinn Hill Rd.
Pownalborough Court House, on Rt. 128, has trails along the Kennebec River and a lawn area for picnics.
Back River Preserve reserved wildlife habitat. Trails are not marked.
Higgins Mountain Coastal views from rock outcrops and loop trail.
Josephine P. Newman Sanctuary Travel 9 miles on Rte. 127 south from Rte. 1. 119 acres and 2.5 miles of trails wind through woods to a salt marsh. This pathway includes glimpses of Robinhood Cove and is accented by stone walls.
Ledgewood Preserve is 28 acres of land along a peninsula projecting into the Sheepscot Bay in Georgetown. It includes a small beach and offers areas for hiking, bird watching and picnicking.
Reid State Park is a 770-acre park on Rte. 127, on the Atlantic Ocean, with nearly a mile and half of beautiful sand beaches, open ocean, dunes, marshes, ledges, and tidal pools for beachcombing.
Stone School Path (Having trouble finding the information on this)
Weber-Kelly Preserve The Preserve is open free of charge to the public from dawn to dusk and red oak, hemlock and pine dominate the wood which appeals to warblers, woodpeckers, owls and red tailed hawks.
The salt marsh is home to the endangered short-nosed sturgeon, striped bass and many seagoing fish. Ducks and migrating birds feed along the shores. Great blue heron and snowy egret can be found wading through the banks of the creek.
Austin Cary Lot is a 222-acre land area with salt water frontage on Long Reach & Doughty Coves and fresh water wetlands. Logging (a State demonstration woodlot) and old "woods" roads form a network of challenging unmarked walking and cross-country skiing trails. Turn right on Long Reach Lane, approximately 1.3 miles south from the Brunswick town line on Rte. 24.
Cliff Trail at Long Reach is a 2.3-mile loop trail featuring a shore walk along tidal Strawberry Creek, two "fairy-house" zones, and spectacular views from the 150-foot cliffs overlooking Long Reach. It is located behind the town offices on Mountain Rd. and the Harpswell Recycling Center.
Doughty Point Preserve is a 40-acre forested peninsula on Great Island. Water access only.
Giant Staircase. This trail begins at the eastern end of Ocean St. (off of Rte. 24 Bailey Island) and provides a 1/3-mile shore walk with views of the Atlantic Ocean, crashing surf on rocky cliffs and the noted "Giant Stairs". It crosses the Macintosh lot to Washington Avenue enabling a loop on the road.
Skolfield Shores Preserve is 19 acres with a .8-mile loop trail. Features include a separate beach access trail to an old stone ferry-wharf, a hemlock forest, lookouts and views over Middle Bay, farm views, two hand-built cedar & hemlock bridges, and a salt marsh. Parking is 1/4-mile south of the Brunswick-Harpswell town line on the west side of Rte. 123 at Skolfield Place. A trailhead kiosk marks the trail start.
Eagle Island, the summer home of North Pole Explorer Admiral Robert E. Peary, is three miles off the coast of Harpswell, and is accessible by boat only.
Mitchell Field (former US Navy facility) has paved and gravel roads providing 1.5 miles for walkers, bicyclists, and rollerbladers. This 116-acre property has woods and open fields with gentle grades. Portable toilet facilities are provided. The entrance is 6.9 miles south of the Brunswick town line on Rte. 123.
Thalheimer Farm has a farm road and woods trail with views of fields, orchards and shoreland. The 118-acre property, operated by Bowdoin College as its Coastal Studies Center, is on Orr’s Island (turn right off of Rte. 24, 1.7 miles south of the Orr’s Island bridge onto Bayview Rd. follow to the end of the road.)
Bates-Morse Mountain Preserve features a 2 mile trail leading to Sewall Beach, and is accessed from Rte. 216. This 574 acres of natural, rare, undeveloped coastal, wetland and salt-marsh is between the Sprague and Morse rivers.
Bijhouwer Forest Easement Is a 73-acre forest with mountain laurel, some rare wildflowers, seasonal waterfalls and the "Hundred Foot Rock".
Center Pond Preserve has 253 acres and is accessed from Parker Head Rd. Originally a salt marsh, it was dammed in 1883 for ice harvesting. The acreage includes vernal pools, high ledges, mixed woods, small streams, wildflowers, and a beaver pond. It is ideal for birding.
Mary's Woods at Cutting Creek is a short walk that leads to the north end of the marsh.
Noble Hill Preserve is a 13.2-acre preserve featuring mixed woodlands, open fields, a 1/4-mile of Kennebec River shoreline, and vernal pools.
Perkins Farm Trail begins on the left at the end of Perkins Farm Lane and winds through quiet woods for about one mile and ends at Fort Baldwin. Hunting, in season, is allowed. Park at the Popham Beach State Park.
Ridgewell Preserve features 46 acres with a trail (orange) beginning at Pride Rock Way, off Rte. 209, that passes through marsh and woodlands to a ridge where the trail (white) leads to "Dinosaur Rocks”. From there it continues to the Seguin Island overlook. The white trail continues south through the Phippsburg Town Forest to Rte. 209.
Spirit Pond Preserve lies along the north and west shores of Spirit Pond, a tidal pond near Popham Beach. It includes an old mill dam, stone walls and beautiful views of the Morse River salt marshes. It is an excellent birding location.
Sprague Pond Preserve, 114 acres off Rte. 209, fetaures woods and a 10-acre spring-fed pond. A trail winds past a beaver pond and dam via wooden footbridge and ascends through woods to Sprague Point, then follows the shore on the west side of the pond and continues through a wooded section north of the pond.
Veterans' Trail is a 1/10 mile path along the shore of Center Pond with picnic tables behind Phippsburg Town Hall.
Swan Island/Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area is a 1,755-acre island in the Kennebec River, between Richmond and Dresden. Island access and tours are offered by the staff of the Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Use of the picnic and camping areas are by reservation only.
Androscoggin Riverwalk. When completed, the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk will be a year-round, in-town walking loop, 1.25 miles long. Fully-accessible paths, including sidewalks in the more urban portions of the route, will link the Frank J. Wood (“Green”) Bridge to the historic Androscoggin Swinging Bridge along the Androscoggin River in both Brunswick and Topsham. Benches will be installed along the route, particularly at sites that provide spectacular views of the Androscoggin River and the neighborhoods adjacent to the river.
Bradley Pond Farm Recreation Area is a 2.5 mile trail system on a 162-acre preserve. Enjoy views of hay fields, white pines, spruce, fir and hemlock trees and a serene. In the winter it is ideal for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Cathance River Nature Preserve is a 230-acre preserve perfect for hiking and cross-country skiing, bordered by the Cathance River. The trails wind through sections of old growth forest around a heath, known as the “bird sanctuary”. It features five interconnected loop trails.
Muddy River Wildlife Management Area Hunting, fishing and saltwater fishing. Boating and canoeing. View eagles, osprey.
Topsham Trails, 23 miles of trails for all-terrain vehicles, bicycles, and hikers.
Topsham Public Library Eagles' Path. Wooded Trail overlooking Androscoggin River.
Green Point Preserve Mixed forest on Winnegance Bay. The 45-acre Preserve is open free of charge to the public from dawn to dusk. Help us protect what you have come to enjoy. Natural areas are delicate; foot traffic only,â€¨no camping, fires, or motorized vehicles. Please respect boundary signs. No hunting due to proximity of homes. Dogs permitted on leash. Please pick up after your pet and remove all waste from the preserve.
Hamilton Sanctuary Features a 1.5 mile trail on 76 acres that winds through an open meadow and a coastal forest of spruce and pine. The New Meadows River (tidal) surrounds the sanctuary on three sides. This is a clam-harvesting site has excellent bird watching, including great blue herons and osprey.
Lower Kennebec River Estuary is the largest tidal estuary on the eastern seaboard north of Chesapeake Bay. Valuable foraging, nesting and wintering habitat for thousands of wading birds, shore birds and migrating waterfowl. Hunting, fishing, hiking, claming and wildlife viewing.
Bonyun Preseve has the highest concentration of nesting Ospreys in New England.
Merrymeeting Fields Preserve Walking, hiking and cross-country skiing.
Montsweag Preserve off of Montsweag Rd features woods and ledges, following a tidal creek emptying into Montsweag Bay. Watch for migrating waterfowl. A loop trail goes through the woods, past a tidal marsh and overlooks the shore. It can be reached by land, or canoe along the estuary.
Robert P.T. Coffin Wildflower Preserve (named for Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet) is 180 acres of mixed-growth forest with views of the river and Merrymeeting Bay. More than 200 species of flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs common to Maine are found here as well as a variety of animals. Its trails along Merrymeeting Bay are marked and well maintained, allowing easy access to the sanctuary.
Other Places For Trails:
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens 248 waterfront acres of trails, gardens, stonework, wildflowers, ferns, ledge, sculpture, and forest. Year round programs and events. Barters Island Rd., Boothbay.
Healthy Maine Walks A statewide listing of indoor and/or outdoor walking routes.