|Map of Public Preserves and Trails thoughout the region.|
Grant's Meadow at Beaver Dam Heath (145 acres/.75 mile loop trail)
Keay Brook Preserve (86 acres)
Douglas Memorial Woods (22 acres/.75 mile loop trail)
Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Area (89 acres/2 miles of trails)
Grover-Herrick Preserve (50 acres/1 mile loop trail)
Negutaquet Conservation Area (100 acres/1.5 miles of trails)
Beach Plum Farm (22 acres/. 5 mile loop trail, community gardens)
Payeur Preserve (35 acres/1 mile loop trail)
Kenyon Hill Preserve (108 acres/1 mile loop trail)
Orris Falls Conservation Area (171 acres/2 miles of trails)
The Raymond & Simone Savage Wildlife Preserve (26 acres/.75 mile loop trail)
Perkinstown Wildlife Commons (288 acres/2 miles of trails)
owned by Town of Wells with conservation easement held by Great Works.
Tatnic Woods (69 acres1 mile trail)
Located in the northern tip of North Berwick, Bauneg Beg Mountain has three peaks, the highest of which is 866' higher than Mount Agamenticus. The peaks can be seen from the Atlantic Ocean and have been used by mariners navigating the Maine Coast. On a clear day, from the top, you can see both Mount Washington to the NW and the Atlantic Ocean to the SE. The mountain is the only one in southern Maine that does not have a radio tower. The trails wind through a deciduous forest, then up through a pine grove through a large boulder section known as Devil's Den and on to the view from the high peak.The hike up is about a half-hour walk and there is a choice of longer – Ginny's Way – or steeper – Linny's Way – routes to the top. Recent additions to the trail include a trail to Bauneg Beg Road and a loop to North Peak, owned by Town of North Berwick and pictured here. Link to Google Maps.
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Beach Plum Farm is a slice of life as it used to be on the coast with a view of the dunes from its property edge along Route 1. One this 22-acre site on the northern end of Ogunquit you can see the remnants of an old New England salt-water farm, natural landscapes and wildlife habitat.
The farm hosts more than 50 community garden plots as well as a walking loop which circles the fields and gardens. Down by the salt marsh, you can see bayberry, beach plums and a variety of coastal birds. Benches along the path provide spots to sit and contemplate. The loop walk can be completed at a leisurely pace in a half-hour.
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Located in the village center of Eliot is a 22-acre parcel of woods and wetlands with a 3/4 mile trail. Essentially flat, the trail meanders through a variety of habitats and vegetative communities. The dark, shadowy pine forest is sometimes gloomy and foreboding, at other times it is a cool and calm oasis. Red maples are bright in the early fall. Small streams meander through the property and the wetlands are extensive during wet seasons. Bridges and bog bridging have been installed to allow passage at all times, and walkers will find a variety of experiences in this quiet spot, dependent on the time of day, the season, and the weather. View Facebook photo album.
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Upland forest interspersed with vernal pools yields to the important and fragile wetlands of Beaver Dam Heath, home to animals that need extensive range and diverse habitat to thrive. The 145-acre Grant’s Meadow preserve is located in the northwest portion of the Heath, south of Old Sanford Rd.
Located in North Berwick of of West Fifth street, the 50-acre Grover-Herrick Conservation Area is a wooded property with a mixture of native trees and plants. It is our only property with river frontage of Bauneg Beg Pond and the headwaters of the Great Works River. The property includes another unique feature, a glacial kettle hole. A kettle hole is a glacially formed bog, where at one point a chunk of glacier was stranded and partially covered with glacial outwash. Great Works did a timber harvest on the property in 2011 as part of our forest management plan. There is a one mile loop trail along the property.
The property was donated by two families, Grover and Herrick. The Grover family donated three parcels, two of which have frontage on Bauneg Beg Pond. Donald Herrick donated 2 acres abutting the Grover lands to the north and lying along West 5th street to the south, providing street access to the Grover lands directly.
The trail is a loop trail that is approximately one mile long, with vistas of the river and kettle hole. It is wooded and prone to ticks.
From North Berwick center heading Northeast on Route 4 for approximately 2.7 miles take a left onto Morrills Mill Road. Drive on Morrills Mill Road for approximately 2 miles until you reach West Fifth Street, take this right. Parking for Grover-Herrick Preserve will be on the left of this road about a quarter mile down the road.
Keay Brook is a total of 86 acres on the Salmon Falls River in Berwick. Once approved for a 13-lot development this purchase was funded by the Maine Natural Resources Conservation Program. The Keay Brook Preserve contributes to a total 229-acre block of conserved land along the Salmon Falls River. With nearly two miles of frontage this preserve protects water quality and wildlife habitat.
Trails are currently under construction.
Located on Hubbard Road in Berwick. Aprroximately 3.75 miles North of downtown Berwick take Rochester Street for about a mile until you reach Hubbard Road (on your right). Take Hubbard Road for about 3 miles, Keay Brook will be on your left, before Tuckahoe Turf Farms.
Located on the corner of Ogunquit and Bennet Lot Road in South Berwick, Kenyon Hill Preserve sits adjacent to Mount Agamenticus of York. The trail on this hilly property takes hikers by dramatic granite ledges, wetland, a mix of hardwood and evergreen forest and ends at the headwaters of the Ogunquit River. In the winter when the leaves are bare views of Mount Agamenticus can be seen as well. The trail also features two old foundations and a dug well.
From Route One in Ogunquit heading North, take a left onto Berwick Road (later becomes Ogunquit Road). Follow Berwick Road for approximately 3.7 miles. Parking for Kenyon Hill will be on your left just before Bennet Lot Road.
Located off of Lebanon Road in North Berwick, this 100 acre property was donated by Vera Spohr in 2012. The property is home to approximately 2 miles of trail systems and features trail highlights such as the 'Double Oak,' a small riverside cemetery, beaver habitat, and meadows along with forested land.
219 Lebanon Road, North Berwick Link to google map.
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In the heart of Tatnic, straddling the border of South Berwick and Wells, lies the remains of an ancient volcanic caldera. Encompassed within this is an extraordinarily rich area of vernal pools and wetlands. Some of these drain into a marshy area dammed by beaver, then tumble into a 90 ft. gorge, Orris Falls, named for Orris Littlefield who lived nearby in the 1800s. Encompassing 171 acres, Orris Falls Conservation Area is accessed from Thurrell and Emery’s Bridge Roads by rights-of-way through private land, so please respect property boundaries.
The old colonial road that existed long ago is now a trail, with side excursions to the Big Bump and to Balancing Rock, a glacial erratic that has been the subject of great local folkore and speculation – why does it point due south and why doesn’t my compass work here? Trails are rudimentary, blazed or flagged and subject to seasonal closings to prevent erosion. Wildlife abounds on this protected property – but please admire it from a distance with binoculars. Orris Falls is a special area where wildlife thrives in its natural environment.
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On July 13, 2013, the Richard E. Payeur Conservation Area (Berwick Road, Ogunquit) was officially dedicated: 35 acres named in honor of the donor of the land. A lovely loop trail of approximately 1 mile winds alongside wetland meadows and vernal pools, through forest. The double stone wall along part of the path sends one's imagination back to the time when this was pastureland. The trail is accessed from the Ogunquit Dog Park, next to the Transfer Station off Berwick Road. There is parking for two cars.
Steve Einstein photo.
The Raymond & Simone Savage Wildlife Preserve, 26 acres on the Salmon Falls River in South Berwick, was bequeathed to GWRLT by Simone Savage. Bordering Shorey's Brook,with a mix of woods and fields, tidal and fresh water frontage, it provides some of the best and most diverse habitat in our area. One may see bald eagles flying overhead, sea and bay ducks, shorebirds and upland bird species. The woods and fields are inviting to deer and small mammals. The property is open to the public from dawn to dusk. It is located on Route 101 west of Route 236, just over the South Berwick/Eliot town line at 15 Dover-Eliot Rd. Bird Sighting Inventory: Entomologist Paul Miliotis has been studying the biodiversity of The Raymond & Simone Savage Wildlife Preserve since the summer of 2008. He has shared his list of the birds he has found there - 121 as of February 2010. Download Paul Miliotis's Savage Preserve Bird List
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Tatnic Woods includes 3 parcels, owned by Great Works, totaling 69 acres in an area of Wells and South Berwick especially rich in vernal pools. Access to the properties is from Tatnic Road. There is a trail that is not yet blazed and a sign near the Tatnic Road entrance. Parking for this preserve is along the side of Tatnic Road. Google map link.