Vaughan's Woods (Hobbit Land) Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews

Vaughan's Woods (Hobbit Land) Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hallowell, ME that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles 210 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Frequented for centuries for tranquility encompassed by breathtaking scenery with bridges, streams and waterfalls, and hiking trails. The Vaughan Woods is a 240-acre recreation area within the grounds of the Vaughan Homestead. Designed for recreation and nature appreciation by the Vaughans in the early 1900s, classic stone bridges, picturesque waterfalls, and other windows into the past make these some of the most unique walking trails in Maine. In 1991, prior to the Homesteads incorporation as a nonprofit, then owners Diana Vaughan Gibson and her husband George, donated a conservation easement on the Woods to The Kennebec Land Trust, ensuring its protection for future generations. Today, the Homestead manages the Woods for public use and allows access from dawn to dusk for recreational activities such as trail walking, nature study, picnicking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. The Woods contain approximately 3 miles of trails that vary in width and degree of difficulty for walking. The easement on Vaughan Woods covers all of its 192 acres. The Kennebec Land Trust, which holds the easement, is a private nonprofit membership organization formed in 1988 by local citizens to work cooperatively with landowners and communities to protect our natural features, working landscapes, and fragile ecosystems. The KLT owns or protects over 4,000 acres of land in the Kennebec Valley, and works with the Vaughan Homestead Foundation, the Hallowell Conservation Commission, and the Maine Conservation Corps, to protect and maintain the Vaughan Woods.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a rather short trail but absolutely worth to stop here for a walk.

walking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice family hike, great opportunity for taking photos. Great place to visit if just passing through, I wouldn't go out of my way to spend time here.

walking
2 months ago

Nice , well groomed, easy dog walk

walking
3 months ago

Cool place to check out! Have been there several times. There definitely can be a crowd. Easy nice walk through the wood.

3 months ago

Beautiful!

3 months ago

A easy, fun walk. No real difficult aspects, other than the crowds. A lot of great photo opportunities. Would be great for families with kids of all ages. Not really challenging for the adventurous type, but a pleasant afternoon can be spent here. My only complaint ( and it's all me) was he large number of people. Hard to find that solitude I crave.

geocaching
3 months ago

Great geocaching trails.

hiking
4 months ago

pretty and a lot of kids

walking
4 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

I fell in LOVE with this place over 15yrs ago with my boys Still our favorite place in the world

6 months ago

I fell in love with this beautiful place over 15yrs ago with my boys Still our favorite place

hiking
6 months ago

Easy and beautiful

7 months ago

This was a great trail! Such a beautiful place and lots of geocaches if you're interested. Well worth the hour drive it took us to get there

7 months ago

walking
8 months ago

This is a beautiful trail and a MUST see, but by no means is it moderate, it is an easy trail. Gorgeous in all seasons