Corniche Trail, Heifer Field Loop Trail

EASY 115 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
183 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

snow

historic site

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Very easy trail, hiked it with a 2 year old.

1 month ago

Middle Earth

1 month ago

This trail is well maintained and an easy hike for adults and kids. Wide and easy to follow. The waterfall is always fun to go see and you don’t have to go far in to get there.

hiking
1 month ago

Very very easy and very busy trail. Great if taking children and strollers lots of kids even on bikes. You can hear road traffic the whole hike so not peaceful. Great for pictures of the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

nice uphill hike, interesting smell like horseradish.. I wasn't even hungry so... very pretty spots to explore and spend some time.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Easy trail, great spot to hike with kids. Very beautiful during autumn. Pretty waterfalls and streams in the spring and after heavy rains.

2 months ago

great place to explore. easy trail.

2 months ago

Love it here!

3 months ago

I wish there maps or trail markers, but it was beautiful.

3 months ago

Very short loop walk, scenic and peaceful. Kid and dog friendly.

hiking
3 months ago

We love hobbit land. Very peaceful and beautiful. The bridges are magical

walking
4 months ago

One of my favorite walks to take my dogs on, love the stream

4 months ago

I don't believe better footing can be found anywhere else in this area. Great hike.

4 months ago

just a walk in the woods. buggy and pretty. nice streams

hiking
5 months ago

Fun walk with the dogs.

10 months ago

Nice little walk in the woods

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike with awesome stone bridges and a stream.

11 months ago

It is a very easy walk through the woods. Beautiful water, lovely stone bridges. But.... the trails are not marked. it is pretty much a loop, but there are off shoots. My intention was to do the loop. When I came up on a couple and asked how the hike was they way they just came, they said it was a dead end and asked me how to get back to the parking area. I told them the way I had just come through. I then continued on my loop and a 3 generational group came walking towards me. The child was in panic mode and said they were lost! I told him he wasn't lost but on an adventure! The small group was about to go the wrong way when a third group arrived and said they needed to go down the other path to get back to the high school. I do hope they put signs up "you are here".

11 months ago

BEAUTIFUL!

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

I would've enjoyed this more had I not had an image of "hobbit land" in my head. It was simply a stone bridge with some small falls that made up the hobbit land idea. Mind you it was beautiful, just not necessarily worth the travel time it took for us to get there. We did find some fairy houses along the way with were pretty fun to see!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

We took about an hour and a half to search out Hobbit homes (fairy houses) and take a break next to the dam and cascade, nice relaxing hike, you will meet lots of folks on this hike...

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Should be rated as easy. There are some cool bridges here and I like the history, but you never fully lose the sound of traffic. The trails are not marked so venturing from the main trails isn't recommended.

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Nice, easy loop without many roots and rocks. The stream trails that branch off the loop were more difficult but also more fun! The brook offers plenty of places to break off from the trail and play in the water. My dog loved it!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cute quick trail

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Great for trail running.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Nice little trail with a big climbing tree in a field and a cute waterfall to splash around in. Wicked easy for sure.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Its an easy nice trail.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beautiful and peaceful place.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

This little hiking area is beautiful! Highly recommended if in the area!

walking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Great flat walk to a cute stone bridge next to a beautiful waterfall. This place offers multiple open trails but none of which are marked. You won't (*shouldn't) get lost as the trails all circle and lead back to parking.

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