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Family Resources Handbook – Great Outdoors

NOTE: This category is organized in three sub-headings: Beaches; Outdoor Information; Trails, Day Use, Park Lands. Within the “Beaches” sub-heading, the information is organized by geographical area. Within the other two sub-headings, the information is arranged alphabetically.

“See Also:….” at the end of a listing indicates the organization can also be found in other categories

Beaches

Bath Area:

Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area
Off Rte 216, Phippsburg
Contact: Haward Center for Community Partnerships
www.Bates.edu; 786-6202

  • 2 mile hike over 210′ “mountain” leads to mile long Sewall Beach
  • Nature preserve managed by Bates College for environmental research/education
    Parking; no restrooms or trash receptacles

Popham Beach State Park
10 Perkins Farm Lane, off Rte 209, Phippsburg
www.parksandlands.com; 389-9125 (tide/parking info), 389-1335

  • Open 4/15-10/30, fees charged, no dogs allowed except 10/1-3/31 (leashed)
  • Swimming – lifeguards, strong surf, undertows & rip tides; surfing, fishing, sea kayaking, hiking on trails
  • Bath houses (showers), picnic areas, cooking grills, parking, picnic shelter

Reid State Park
375 Seguineland Rd, Georgetown
www.parksandlands.com; 371-2303

  • Open year round, fees charged
  • Swimming, fishing (striped bass), hiking on trails, x-country skiing in winter; 2 long sandy beaches, large sand dunes, natural lagoon, trails
  • Bath house (showers), snack bar in season, picnic tables, parking

Brunswick:

Coffin Pond
Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department
See Recreation, Town of Brunswick for contact information
See Great Outdoors, Trails, Day Use, Park Lands below

  • open 10-5, mid-June to mid-Aug; family pass available at pond or Recreation Center
  • Chlorinated, freshwater pond with waterslide; lifeguards; restrooms, picnic area, playground (5-12 yr olds), concessions, swimming lessons
  • See Also: Camps; Education, Pre-School; Fairs & Festivals; Sports

Thomas Point Beach
29 Meadow Road (off Rte 24, Cooks Corner), Brunswick www.thomaspointbeach.com; 725-6009

  • Sandy beach on tidal inlet; playground, picnic area, concessions, camping, grp. Events; mid-May thru Sept, 9 till sunset; playground
  • See Also: Fairs & Festivals

White’s Beach and Campground (business)
Durham Road, Brunswick –729-0415; www.whitesbeachandcampground.com

  • Sandy beach, freshwater swimming, picnic areas,concessions, playground, volleyball and basketball, horseshoe pit; pavilion for rent; mid-May thru September, 9-8
  • See Also: Fairs & Festivals

Harpswell:

Town of Harpswell Beaches (no lifeguards at following swimming areas)
See Recreation, Town of Harpswell for contact information

  • Land’s End, End of Bailey Island near gift shop, stoney beach, tide pools, parking area
  • Lookout Pt., Rte 123 off Harpswell Neck Rd
  • Mackerel Cove, Abner Pt. Rd, small parking lot
  • Mitchell Field, Rte 123 (before fire dept.), 2630ft. shoreline, beautiful beach
  • See Also: Camps and Sports

Other Information:
www.stateparks.com/peacock_beach_state_park_in_maine.html — on Pleasant Pond, Rte 201, Richmond

www.freeportmaine.com – Winslow Park and Campground

Outdoor Information

Appalachian Mountain Club
14 Maine Street, Brunswick
www.amcmaine.org;
Outdoor adventure trips for all levels
See Also: Volunteer Opportunities

Cathance River Education Alliance
P.O. Box 187, Topsham
www.creamaine.org; 331-3202

  • Educates public about ecology, environmental preservation, and sustainable living through children’s camps, school and public programs
  • See Also: Camps

Desert of Maine
95 Desert Rd, Freeport
www.desertofmaine.com; 865-6962

  • Unusual natural phenomenon – Sand/minerals deposited by glacier 11,000 yrs ago; museum, walking, camping

Hunting – Hunter Safety Course
Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department and Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
See Recreation, Town of Brunswick for contact information

  • 3 evening classes in September

LL Bean Discovery Schools
LL Bean Retail Store, Freeport
www.llbean.com; 1-888-552-3261

  • Trips, tours and classes will help you discover the outdoors

Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club
See Sports, Bicycling for contact information

The Nature Conservancy
14 Maine Street, Ste 401, Brunswick
www.nature.org; 729-5181

Maine Coast Heritage Trust
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201, Topsham
www.mcht.org; 7297366

  • conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands/islands for their scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, ecological diversity and working landscapes

Other information:
www.boatmaine.us/ramps.aspx – Boat Launching Sites

http://greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org – how, where, what of being outside in Maine

www.maineaudubon.org — Maine Audubon: Conserving Maine’s wildlife for everyone; Falmouth

www.mainegardens.org — ME Botanical Garden, Boothbay Harbor; spectacular gardens (including children’s garden)on 248 acres with 3600 ft tidal shore frontage – largest botanical garden in New England

www.maine.gov/dmr/rm/aquarium — Maine State Aquarium, West Boothbay Harbor; collection of regional fish and invertebrates

www.maine.gov/ifw/education/wildlifepark — permanent home for wildlife that cannot survive in wild (30 species); fish hatchery; Gray

www.maineoutdoors.com — Year-Round Outdoor Sporting Guide

http://maineoutdoors.biz — Great times outdoors in ME

www.mainetodo.com — list of things to do in ME by season/location/activity

http://www.newfs.org/visit/sanctuaries/robert-p-tristram-coffin-wild-flower-reservation-woolrich-me.html — 177 acre wildflower sanctuary, Woolwich

www.usm.maine.edu/planet — Southworth Planetarium; University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus

http://skimaine.com — list of ski areas, events, etc.

Trails, Day-Use, Park Lands

Bath Parks & Recreation Dept.
See Kennebeck Estuary Land Trust below for contact information

Bowdoin Pines Trail — adjacent to campus
Contact: Bowdoin College’s Environmental Studies Program, 725-3396

  • One of Maine’s few remaining old-growth forests, 33-acres open year round for walking, jogging, cross-country skiing; Leashed dogs allowed; No fires or camping.

Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Center
240 Bayview Road, Orr’s Island
www.bowdoin.edu/coastal-studies-center/; 725-3396

  • On wooded peninsula between Harpswell Sound and Long Cove
  • Open to public
  • Covers 118 acres, protects 2.5 miles of oceanfront, offers 4 miles of hiking on 7 trails
  • Leashed dogs allowed
  • parking limited, in designated spaces only

Town of Brunswick

See Recreation for contact information

Androscoggin River Bicycle Path

  • 2.6 mile paved path along River with granite benches, restrooms, lanes for cyclists/pedestrians
  • access pts: End of Water St. (Brunswick), end of Grover Ln (Cook’s Corner), Elm St. (Topsham)
    Bay Bridge Landing Wetland Park
  • Adjoins Merrymeeting Bay; 3/10 mile perimeter; signage details local habitat, flora, fauna and fisheries

Cox Pinnacle

  • 103-acres; trails for walking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and horseback riding through wooded hills, rocky ledges, and wetlands

Maquoit Bay Conservation Lands

  • 124 acres; 6/10 mile long trail to Maquoit Bay overlook; parking lot
  • Town Commons (78 acres), Greater Commons (112 acres), Coffin Ice Pond (6 acres)
  • Extensive trail network, ponds, picnic areas, leashed dogs allowed
  • See Also: Camps; Education, Pre-School; Fairs & Festivals; Sports

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
108 Maine St., Brunswick
www.btlt.org; 729-7694

  • Preserved, protected and stewarded cherished landscapes (1900) acres in Brunswick, Topsham and Bowdoin for over 25 years
  • Supports agriculture and other traditional land uses
  • Conserved lands with public trails: Crystal Spring Farm and Alfred Skolfield Preserve (Brunswick), Bradley Pond Farm and Cathance Preserve (Topsham)
  • See Also: Volunteer Opportunities; Farms, Community Gardens

Cathance River Educational Alliance
http://creamaine.org

  • Click “Visit the Preserve” for information on trails

Harpswell, Town of

See Recreation for contact information

The Cliff Trail

  • 2.3 mile loop; shore walk along Strawberry Creek, views from 150′ cliffs
  • Combined Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) /Harpswell Town Trail
  • Features views of Casco Bay and Atlantic Ocean; Giant’s Stairs; complete loop on HHLT Trail across

McIntosh Lot Preserve
www.healthymainewalks.com/walks/mcintosh-lot-preserve

  • The McIntosh Lot Preserve is a 1 acre parcel of shrubby land off Washington Avenue on Bailey Island slightly to the west of the noted Giant’s Stairs, formed by differential erosion of an intrusive volcanic dike

Devil’s Back Trail
www.healthymainewalks.com/walks/devil039s-back-trail

  • 1.2 mile loop; old growth pine trees, water views, osprey nests visible

Trails at Mitchell Field
www.healthymainewalks.com/walks/mitchell-field

  • .75 miles dirt road and .5 miles wooded trails
  • See Also: Camps; Sports

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell
Contact: Julia McLeod, 837-9613; info@hhltmaine.org

  • Conserving open space, wildlife habitat, scenic vistas & other special places that help define Harpswell’s natural and cultural heritage,character
  • Conserved lands with public trails: Long Reach Preserve, Pott’s Pt. Preserve, Stover’s Pt. Preserve, Wilson’s Cove Trail, Crow Island, Hackett Land Preserve, Johnson Field Preserve, Houghton Grave’s Park, Skolfield Shores Preserve
  • See Also: Camps; Volunteer Opportunities

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
P.O.Box 1128, Bath
www.kennebecestuary.org; 442-8400

  • Dedicated to the protection of natural, historic, scenic, cultural and agricultural resources in the Kennebec Estuary.
  • Conserved land with public trails: Thorne Head Preserve (Bath), Green Point Preserve (W. Bath), Higgins Mtn and Weber Kelly Preserve (Georgetown), Merrymeeting Fields (Woolwich), Bonyun Preserve (Westport Isl.)
  • See Also: Camps, Maine Maritime Museum; Volunteer Opportunities

Mid Coast Hospital Nature Trails
Medical Center Drive (Off Old Bath Road), Brunswick
www.midcoasthealth.com; 729-0181(Community Relations and Outreach)

  • 3300 feet of prepared walking paths through forested wetlands between Hospital and protected estuary and salt water marshes of Thompson’s Brook; call for brochure
  • See Also: Health & Social Services

Pettingill Farm (Freeport Historical Society property)
See Museums & Historic Sites for contact information

  • 1800′s saltwater farm on Harrasseeket Estuary; Farm Day in Oct.; 3 trails

Phippsburg Land Trust
P.O. Box 123, Phippsburg
www.phippsburglandtrust.org; 443-5993

  • Preserves, protects and stewards special wild and natural places for the benefit/education of our children, grandchildren and future generations
  • Conserved lands with public trails: Bijhouwer Forest Easement, Center Pond Preserve, Noble Hill Preserve, Ridgewell Preserve, Sprague Pond Preserve, Greenleaf Easement, Mary’s Woods at Cutting Creek
  • See Also: Volunteer Opportunities

Topsham, Town of

See Recreation for contact information

Androscoggin Riverwalk

  • stellar views of the Bowdoin Mill and the Androscoggin River.
  • Parking available at both ends of pedestrian swinging footbridge.

Baxter Trails

  • Trail through hardwood forest; views of Androscoggin entering Merrymeeting Bay.

Bradley Farm Preserve

  • Trails best used for hiking and jogging; loops of varying lengths

Cathance Nature Preserve

  • 235 acres; large network of beautiful trails along the Cathance River.

Cathance River Corridor Heritage Trail

  • Network features variety and great scenery; challenging hike

The Heights Trail (Bridge to Bridge Trail)

  • Along Topsham bank of the Androscoggin River; parking near footbridge.

Mt Ararat High School Trails

  • Travel through woods; terrain suited for walking, running, mountain biking.
  • Mt. Ararat offers a steep climb with limited views

Topsham Public Library Eagle’s Path

  • Short trail behind Library on ridge alongside Androscoggin River
  • Provides access to a lush wetland ecosystem
  • parking in Library lot
  • Ravine Trails
  • Follow a winding creek; spurs access nearby roads, recreation areas
  • Recreation Fields Trails
  • Trail network near fields on Foreside Road; border the river.

Topsham Fair Mall Loop

  • 3 1/3 mile loop ADA accessible; leashed dogs allowed
  • Allowed uses include rollerblades, bicycling, strollers; from dawn to dusk
  • See Also: Camps; Sports

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park
426 Wolfe’s Neck Rd, Freeport;
www.parksandlands.com; 865-4465

  • Open year round; fees charged; handicap accessible trails/activities
  • 4.4 miles trails, pets permitted; nature programs daily 2 pm mid-June thru Labor Day; Sept-early June on Sundays only
  • family friendly Birdwatcher’s weekend with live bird demonstrations in April

Other information:

www.bradburymountain.com — one of original state parks; Rte 9, Pownal; trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling; camping

www.chewonki.org/about/nature_trails.asp — Chewonki Foundation Preserves & Trails, Wiscasset

www.healthymainewalks.com — Healthy Maine Walks

www.islandheritagetrust.org/visit.html — List of trails through Island Heritage Trust Preserves, Deer Island

www.maine.gov/doc/parksinfo — Maine Parks and Lands

www.mainetrailfinder.com — Maine Trailfinder

www.mainehuts.org — backcountry lodges; 50 miles of trails; hut to hut adventures

www.railstotrails.org — Rails To Trails:creating nationwide network of trails

www.town.falmouth.me.us/Pages/FalmouthME_Parks/categorized — Falmouth Trail information

www.trails.com — National Database for hiking trails

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