Our Public Places

Grant's Meadow at Beaver Dam Heath

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.

Trail conditions:  A 3/4 -mile loop trail winds through the upland forest. The wetlands of the Heath, however, are best traversed when the ground is frozen and a trail there will be flagged. Caution is advised as it is easy to lose one’s direction on a cloudy day as there are no landmarks visible. Contact GWRLT for guided winter hikes.

 

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Richard E. Payeur Conservation Area, Ogunquit

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.

Land Trust Dedicates New Trail from Seacoastonline July 18, 2013.

Link to photos.

Steve Einstein photo.

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Orris Falls Conservation Area

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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Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Area

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.

 

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The Raymond & Simone Savage Wildlife Preserve

Raymond & Simone Savage Wildlife PreserveThe 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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Beach Plum Farm, Ogunquit

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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Tribute to Joe Littlefield at 2012 Lobster Roll Social

Friends of Great Works and friends and family of Joe Littlefield gathered at the 2012 Lobster Roll Social to pay tribute to the generosity of Joe who donated Beach Plum Farm to Great Works in 1998 and his uncle, Roby Littlefield who farmed here for decades.

View photos by R. Todd Hoffman

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Douglas Memorial Woods

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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