The state of Maine has so many hiking trails, preserves, and state parks to explore. Here are 3 trails I recommend hiking this summer located in the towns of Saco, Harpswell, and Falmouth all within an hour's drive from Portland.
Saco Heath Preserve
The Saco Heath Preserve is a woodland trail featuring a half-mile boardwalk through a heathland, a shrubland habitat. During the summer you can spot blueberry bushes all along the pathway. In the spring, the heathland plants bloom lavender, pink and white.
The boardwalk eventually leads to a short loop trail through the woods. The trail is great for nature watching and feels like such a unique place that you must check out. In fact, the preserve is home to one of only two populations of Hessel’s Hairstreak butterfly in Maine.
Trail Length: 2.1-mile out and back
Estimated time: Takes an average of 37 min to complete
Trailhead location: Look for the well-marked sign "Saco Heath Preserve" off of ME Route 112
The cliff trail is one of the most popular trails in the town of Harpswell. For good reason!
The trail leads you through the woods with scenic viewpoints along the way. As the name suggests, the trail does indeed walk you along a 150-foot cliffside with spectacular views overlooking Long Reach. There are some steep drop-offs so watch your footing and wear proper footwear.
Trail Length: 2.3-mile loop
Estimated time: Takes an average of 52 min to complete
Trailhead location: Behind the Harpswell Town Office, 263 Mountain Rd, Harpswell, ME 04079
Mackworth Island offers incredible views of Casco Bay and the city of Portland. The ocean breeze, shaded trail, and sailboats drifting by make this one of the perfect trails to visit during the summer. There is also a small sandy beach where you can lounge and have a picnic.
Unique to the island is a fairy village where both kids and adults alike are encouraged to build homes using their creativity. The rule is simple, use the nature around you and not artificial or living materials.
Note: Since this is a state park there is a $3.00 fee for Maine residents and a $4.00 fee for non-residents.
Trail Length:1.25-mile loop that circles the island
Estimated time: Takes an average of 27 min to complete
Trailhead location: Accessible from the Andrews Avenue causeway, which is off US Route 1. Falmouth
Do you have a favorite Maine trail? Drop a comment below to share.
Thanks for reading!
- The Maine Chick