Brown Hill and Spring Hill

MODERATE 49 reviews

Brown Hill and Spring Hill is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near South Berwick, Maine that features a lake 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.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
531 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

historic site

This 171-acre preserve is a rich area of vernal pools and wetlands, ledges and glacial erratic. An old colonial road that existed long ago is now a trail with side excursions to the 90-ft. gorge of Orris Falls, the Big Bump, Balancing Rock, and overlooks with views of Mt. Agamenticus. Stone foundations on the site were the home and barn of Orris and Mercy Littlefield, who lived there in the late 1800s.

hiking
15 minutes ago

I did this in the 50's the end of Feb, no snow on the ground. then March hit. the bal. rock is cool.

13 days ago

Ehhhh, nothing to write home about, probably won’t go back and it is more of a walk and was quite buggy. If I wasn’t using the gps I would have been lost for hours!

walking
1 month ago

Easy hike, there are clear trail markings and they are easy to follow. Falls lack luster but nice easy walk with one small section of elevation gain.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is not well marked why I don’t recommend following the AllTrail map. We landed somewhere in the woods and returned. I would love to finish the trail because of natural beauty and tranquility. Bring plenty of bug spray because I never have seen so many mosquitos in one area.

hiking
2 months ago

Straight forward out and back with a few side trails. Pretty dry overall and would be a great trail running spot. The housing foundations are pretty cool.

3 months ago

So much to see! I will be going back to explore more of the area.

hiking
4 months ago

Really cool trail close to home. Old foundations, waterfall, beaver pond. And a large balancing rock. Trail marked (white ) after pond.

4 months ago

fun trails, cool landmarks. slightly hard to find

Beautiful, but falls were only a trickle (end of September.)

hiking
9 months ago

I would not recommend using the AllTrails app for this trail. If you follow the signs to Orris Falls or Big Bump you'll be fine, but if you actually try to follow the map on the app you'll be off-trail trudging through thick woods. I tried several times to course correct and follow the app, which up until this trail has been excellent, but to no avail. I wanted to do the full 8+ miles the app laid out, but it just wasn't possible. Got frustrated and ending up Mt. Agamenticus instead, which was far better.

10 months ago

Great trail...
Went in the winter so it was very icy and couldn't get through parts but definitely going back this summer!

hiking
11 months ago

Quiet, great walk with a dog or on horse back. Falls are pretty cool...almost missed it because of poor trail head marking. Tried fishing, no luck.

hiking
11 months ago

It was a nice clear trail, falls could be heard but not seen. That was disappointing.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Pretty walk, falls difficult to find. Pleasant trail.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Moderate difficulty, poorly marked. Will be back!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Don't blink or you will miss the falls. Don't expect great views. Trail was easy to follow.

trail running
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Entered from Thurrell and ran through to Emery's Bridge road hitting most of the side trails. Didn't go further than Big Bump as the trail was under water at the power lines. Trails were nicely groomed and were great for running without a lot of roots. Markings were hard to see and the trail was difficult to follow in places, blazes could use repainting.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Trails could be better marked, could not pick up on one portion of the trail.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nice hike with interesting history. The falls were great and balancing rock was wicked! A little confusing as there were no markings on trees.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Great history

hiking
Friday, December 02, 2016

I love it here!!! It's so peaceful and a pretty simple hike.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Trails could be better marked but overall a good walk.

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

So much goodness hidden in this park. I will return!!!

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

A good family hike with some interesting things to see.

trail running
Thursday, September 01, 2016

We checked this trail out Aug 28. Its a really nice trail that is maintained well. We never saw the falls and did the whole loop. But we haven't had any rain either. There are all sorts of different side trails to go one. In really good condition to trail run.

Monday, July 04, 2016

I thought this was a lovely trail through some pretty marshes, some interesting glacial erratics and a deep ravine with a little brook running through it. There was even a bit of history with the foundation of the Orris homestead. I was thrown off by the trail mileage on this app as stating that it was 8.1 miles round trip (as it turns out it's much less to get to the falls and balancing rock and back). Speaking of, the balancing rock was a really cool feature! It totally made the walk worth it! We never did make it to the falls though(we were really questioning how far it was)--perhaps next time. Another plus was that we only saw a few other hikers there. You really have to keep an eye out for the tiny "parking lot" and sign and there's only room for a few cars, but it's likely that won't be an issue--this seems to be a little-known gem.

trail running
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