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Lots of improvements to this preserve since I last visited it. Hawkes Trail has been modified to include a change in the midsection. A section has been close (marked) and a new route created. Improvements include new catwalks and information stations. A few new trails too. Watch out for the poison ivy which is prevalent throughout.

Couldn't find the trailhead at all...Decided to try finding Parsonfield Trails (also couldn't find, and didnt allow dogs). Waisted trip to Parsonfield; ended up at Mousam Way Trails!

It’s a nice little loop. Great for kids as there is a follow along picture story posted on the trees that they can read. Nicely marked, a little bit buggy.

Very easy and enjoyable nature hike within the city limits...

a lovely little park. .we did the black loop. .trail is eroded with lots of roots and rocks but serviceable. .just watch your footing. .huge boulders through out the park as well as large old growth trees. .perhaps an old glacier flow?.

Well marked, beautiful views and fun "wiggly" bridge. Parking is limited. Great for kids to explore.

3 months ago

Very well maintained trails. Relatively flat terrain. In many sections you can walk two abreast. This area is a network of trails in which the Steele trail is one of many. The only downside is the parking area is small. There are instructions for alternative parking

I really like this trail is filled with fun trails to get a good hike in for the day. Also has a nice brook with an occasional beaver dam!

hiking
3 months ago

As others have noted bring decent bug spray. I used Repel with eucalyptus (no Deet) which worked really well. Trail markings at intersections were often non existent. Got turned around several times. Pretty hard to get lost for too long though. Now that I have the lay of the land I’ll be back!

mountain biking
3 months ago

Easy trail for the beginner mountain biker . Pretty waterfall

4 months ago

beautiful area. would like to return at low tide sometime to check out the island

hiking
4 months ago

From the beginning to the second stream crossing the hike was very moderate. The bridge at the second stream crossing is in need of some major TLC - as I observed gaping holes in between the floor boards of the bridge due to harsh weather conditions, rotting and continued use. After crossing the bridge, the real hike up began. It was a steady incline with a few leveled out areas so that I could catch my breathe and rest for a minute. Once at the main summit the views of the Saco Valley and the White Mountains were spectacular. On the ledge just west of the summit I could identify Abbott, Hussey and Fort Ridge mountains to the South, the Ossipee mountains to the Southwest and the Presidentials to the Northwest. The old fire tower was in good condition. The bench mark, summit sign and memorial plaque were all in good shape - no signs of vandalism. My wife ate from numerous blueberry and raspberry bushes while at the summit (she said the blueberries were very sweet). The hike up for the faster part of my family was 1hr, 10 minutes. For me and my youngest son it was 1hr, 30 minutes. It took me a little over an hour to get down, and my sons 50 minutes. On the way up and down there are barely any views due to tree cover. Overall it was a great hike for me and my family. I would put 5 stars for this, but that 2nd stream crossing bridge needs to be replaced or repaired.

hiking
4 months ago

His was a fun hike. Well maintained and flat. We were unsure if we were walking down the Correct entrance as it looked like a driveway to the private residence. The path is full of poison ivy which was a little concerning having young children. However that’s unavoidable when you are hiking. There is a beautiful bench that overlooks Goose Rocks Beach under the shade of a tree perfect for a picnic or just to rest. The historic buildings are interesting but would be more fun to go through.

walking
4 months ago

Easy walk, beautiful views and the historic building were a great bonus. A hidden gem tucked along the Maine coast.

4 months ago

just spent a good hour and a half getting lost on this trail. the kosik map has different colored trails then on the actual trails so do not plan on using those as a guide. we ended up at the power lines because we missed the trail, I guess. followed those for some time until we cut back into the woods and found a trail again. if you don't mind getting lost then this is the trail for you. we will be back but this time we will try a different trail then red.

hiking
4 months ago

Went today for the first time. Was with my 11 and 13 year olds, two dogs and a family friend. Parts of the trail were very beautiful to see and was a great workout. However, trails were not marked at all and everywhere we looked there was horse poop. Trails were overgrown in many areas, lots of ticks on the dogs and ourselves. Many times we got off trail and we ended up down the road from where we started. Also many trees down along parts of the trail. We ended hiking just under 4 miles today. We will not be doing this trail again anytime soon.

hiking
4 months ago

Great group of trails connected on greenbelt. Well maintained and well marked.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Most of this trail is wonderfully marked, and then on Diamond Trail... you end up in a meadow FULL of ticks. It was nightmarish... our family of four were covered in appx 20 ticks a piece, and there were still ticks in our car the next day. (One fell from the ceiling onto my 5 yo's head. Good times.) So, when you get to the meadow, I highly recommend that you turn around!

Definitely bring your bug spray because they are insane. Some trails are marked well and some aren’t. Definitely check out the red trail and see the waterfall

Easy going trails, nothing strenuous,

Nice local hike. Some questionable trail markings in some spots. Black trail is the largest and easiest. White trail is the hardest. Red trail has a small waterfall. Got in around 5 miles. Will go back

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked it yesterday. Incredibly well maintained trail with red markers at everywhere. Each time you had to question which way to go because of a split in the trail there was a marker to help you. Still pretty wet and the large flat rocks were slippery. Glad I had my poles to save me from a handful of falls.

Will definitely be going back! Very well marked trail. I did black to blue to orange to red, then ended back on black. The falls were amazing.

walking
6 months ago

Quick walk but beautiful views!

Nice little trail walk with great water views

Cool little hike!
The path shown on the map is nowhere close to the actual trail though. Starting at the parking area, I followed what appears to be an ATV trail to the summit from which you can enjoy expansive, but not very dramatic views.
On the descent, I tried to follow the gps line on the map shown here, but that was kind of a mistake. That path follows a steep course with loose footing and rock slides. After some slow scrambling, I bushwhacked it back to the summit, where I noticed a series of pink tape perhaps marking the trail down.
Followed those, but they veered off away from the parking area, so I bushwhacked it again back to my car.
Phew! Some good exercise and nice views.

Well marked and easy to traverse, but every dog was off-leash, which made it hard to walk with my 3 year old. He kept getting knocked over by excited puppies. The trail was to supposed to be a leashed area, so we weren’t expecting that.

9 months ago

Very cool rock formations. Trails are not well marked... if at all. Will have to go again and explore more!

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