Corniche Trail, Heifer Field Loop Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hallowell, Maine that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.9 miElevation gain183 ftRoute typeLoop
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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 land. 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.

We welcome your comments and inquiries. Please be in touch by email or phone: info@vaughanhomestead.org (207) 622-9831

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Jacq Clark
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Sidewalk mostly open

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angela wight
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Majestic and quite

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Teresa Shull
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Awesome hike!

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Christine Tanguay
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This is a very wel kept set of trails. Honestly, I’d say if you’re in the area and have time to kill, stop by. Don’t drive distance for it. It has a pleasant woods walk and the stream was fun to look at. I was driving south and decided to stop. It’s great for stretching the legs with the dog.

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Leah Schonhoeft
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nice sunday morning trail!

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Liz F
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Fun walk in the woods. The waterfall was small and cute.

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Johanna Carr
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Beautiful

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K. Potter-Maxwell
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Samara Swett
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Samantha Peck
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WalkingGreat!

What a pretty little trail! Walked it this morning 10/22 10am. The leaves and light were so gorgeous. Easy trail, great for everyone. Little waterfalls, tons of little critters running around. Make sure you follow the stone steps to the right of the waterfall/dam to get a look at the pond.

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Margaret Duran
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Great trail. Easy to follow and well maintained. Good spots for

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Susan Gurney
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nice

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Shane Grindle
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Kirk Wood
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Paul Veilleux
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Gorgeous hike especially during autumn foliage. Trail isn't well marked but doesn't need to be, there's a very well worn path throughout. Trailhead parking space limited.

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Melissa Rappleye
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WalkingGreat!

our kids really loved this hike. They wanted to play by the bridge, and the waterfall, the dam. our kids are 12 and 10. it was a nice easy hike, had some slight inclines and some nice flat areas. The trail was groomed very well. You got to enjoy rivers, forest, and some open fields. A really pretty place, because stayed for a while and just hang out.

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John M. Weaver
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Jordyn Chelf
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Pretty easy hike. Did it in both winter and spring. Can be muddy after snow or rain, but just make sure to have good shoes

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Cassandra Haskell
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John M. Weaver
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H.E. Stuart
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Erin Young
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Trails not marked but easy to follow. After you go through the field (by the parking area) just inside the woods there is a trail to the left, I recommend that trail! Bring bug spray though.

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Carolina Luciano
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Very nice and easy. Im a beginner and it was easy to follow!

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Kevin Jones
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HikingBugsGreat!

Trail is now open on a limited basis. See Vaughan Woods website for more details. It was a great day and not busy at all.

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Me Me
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I went in October and the foliage was gorgeous, especially with the bridge.

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Kelly O'connell
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Love these trails but they’re currently closed due to Covid-19

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Amanda Page
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HikingMuddySnow

Gorgeous little property! Great spot for dogs and kids!

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