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Brown Hill and Spring Hill is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Berwick, Maine that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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: 538 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

historic site

Please note that this trail is currently closed on the weekend due to COVID 19. 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
1 day ago

Now this is a good “Hiking” trail. Did the Spring Hill trail this time. Will do the Brown Hill trail some other time.

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bugs
14 days ago

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bugs
19 days ago

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bugs
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall (Oris Falls). Several side trail options.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail but poorly marked!

hiking
2 months ago

Attempted to go today, but it was taped off with a sign “closed Saturday and Sunday.” And No Parking signs all along the road. I would assume it’s closed on weekends temporarily for social distancing. But would have been nice to know before driving out there. Will likely upgrade by star rating when we can actually hike the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Well groomed. Very easy hike for everyone and lots of options offshoots to adventure out on. Dogs, mountain bikes were all on the trail as well.

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bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

A great trail, lots of hills and rocks to climb on. Parking is very limited but you can always park on the street it doesn’t matter, dog should definitely be on leash as there is a lot of little kids here. Great views of the falls as well

hiking
2 months ago

We went hiking here yesterday (4/28/20) and there are now NO PARKING signs lining both sides of the street so parking is limited to just the three spaces at the start of the trail. If you are able to park, it’s a great trail for kids and adults alike - love the falls and the beaver dams. It is muddy in parts and was buggy yesterday so come prepared.

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muddy
2 months ago

Great trail but muddy in places. Falls were beautiful. A little buggy. Parking is very limited (3 cars!) but you can along the street.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Lots of traffic though and parking is very limited. Great for little kids as there are lots of puddles to splash in. The historic lesson was wonderful to see. Two hikes in one... the waterfall hike and the big bump. If you hike both- you can get in a 5-6 mile hike. Easy hike. .

hiking
2 months ago

We entered the trail from Thurrell Road. In the beginning, there was a lot of muddy spots. Once we started gaining elevation, the trail got a lot nicer. A very nice trail leading up to the falls in beaver ponds. Great scenery and then we passed by the pond up the hill to the view of Mount Agamenticus and then down to balancing rock. The markings on the trees were higher up. Need to be on the lookout to make sure you’re taking the right path. Overall, a very walkable path with some nice scenery. Which started out looking as a three I ended up giving a five.

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muddy
2 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

Very muddy in low spots from the spring thaw, but as the elevation increases, trail was in great condition. Super easy, even my 2 1/2 year old enjoyed it. The falls are awesome, such a neat area! Saw some logs chewed up by beavers. So cool!

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muddy
3 months ago

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snow
5 months ago

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Nice run about

hiking
10 months ago

Easy trail, great for kids and dogs. Thank you Boy Scout troop 338 for all the work you completed on this trail

hiking
10 months ago

Nice easy through the woods trail. Not well marked, but easy enough to navigate. Not too buggy. We were not lucky enough to see any wildlife on our hike. Great little hike!

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bugs
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

this is an easy hike. Basically a walk down a dirt road. Normal bugs along the way. falls are rather small.

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11 months ago

Nice woodsy trail. Lots of beaver activity to look at. Great views at the lake.

hiking
11 months ago

Bring lots of bug spray. It’s a marshy area so mosquitos are out in full swing and man are they persistent! It’s a nice and easy trail. It’s perfect for those days where you just want to get out but don’t want too much of a challenge, or if you are trying to get a friend or pet to start hiking and you want an easy introductory trail. There’s no views but it’s quiet and fun. Be careful near the balancing rock, that’s the only spot where the trails can get a little confusing. Also towards the end there’s some pretty tall grass which freaked me out due to ticks usually being in tall grass. But apart from that it was a fun trail!

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bugs
11 months ago

This was a pretty little walk through the woods. The trails were well marked except for the trail that goes down to the balancing rock. We got lost trying to navigate it. There are tons of bugs in this area so bring lots of bug spray. There is also a lot of high grass on some portions of the trail so check yourself for ticks after you finish your hike. I could see this being a good family hike or a good place to trail run.

hiking
Sat May 25 2019

Only 2 parking spots at this location but we got the second one so we were happy. Such a beautiful hike to explore around- the beaver pond was spectacular with many bird sightings- herons, scarlet tanagers and more. Unfortunately, we were COVERED IN TICKS- 10 total between the 4 of us and we had sprayed with our best natural stuff made for tick prevention. I’d definitely recommend deet and permethrin and checking thoroughly after- both dog and deer ticks. The old House and Barn foundations were neat to explore as well. Waterfall was pretty unremarkable- The kids loved the hike though.

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Wed Apr 17 2019

Parking lot is bigger on Emery’s bridge road

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