Mill Brook Preserve

MODERATE 29 reviews

Mill Brook Preserve is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Highland Lake, Maine that features a waterfall 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
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
324 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

river

views

waterfall

Mill Brook Preserve features a 3-mile trail system opened in 2016 on 120 acres of forested land along Mill Brook in Westbrook. Mill Brook is notable for the largest annual migration of alewife fish from Casco Bay to Highland Lake. The fish migration can be seen while hiking along the trail generally in late May and early June. This secluded and hilly forest valley is peaceful and feels remote while just minutes from Maine's largest urban center.

hiking
2 hours ago

Watch out for ticks! I had barely walked half a mile before I noticed them all over my ankles from the tall grass in the middle of the trail. I got out and took my sneakers off to find about 10 ticks crawling all over them. I’ve done a lot of hiking all around this area and have never had that happen so I would recommend a different trail nearby.

hiking
24 days ago

I have hiked through Millbrook a few times now and I really enjoy the peacefulness of it. I prefer the northern trailhead because it follows the water and is more scenic but for a good work out I usually do the Allen Knight trailhead which has more elevation but isn’t as scenic

hiking
25 days ago

Very easy to follow. Trail is well marked. Very scenic

hiking
28 days ago

My favorite trail close to Portland. Watch out for ticks and mosquitoes during late spring and summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is poorly marked in places, and the trail markers are blue which isn’t the most noticeable color in the middle of a forest. Some confusion with ATV trails at the fish pool end. Lots of narrow up-and-down switchbacks on the sides of steep hills. If you have bad knees or ankles, I wouldn’t recommend this trail, though the trek to the fish pool isn’t too bad. The brook is nice and serene, and the fish pool is beautiful. Watch for ticks, especially along the pole line.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike, made a bit more difficult by some areas of deeper snow. Spikes were good, snowshoes would have been better. I can't wait to do this hike again and explore more of the trails once it's thawed a bit. The brook is beautiful and it is amazingly quiet. It was well marked aside from a couple of key places like at power lines and the trail junction, not too difficult to guess correctly though and probably more than easy to figure out if there were not snow and no previous tracks.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Great snowshoeing trail along the brook.

6 months ago

A fourth trailhead has been added. This primary trailhead, with parking for 8 cars, is located at the junction of Methodist Road and Route 302 in Westbrook. Maps for this and all the land trust’s conserved lands are available at www.prlt.org. Well done Westbrook and PRLT!

Rachelle Curran Apse, Land Trust Executive Director said, “Mill Brook Preserve trails offer spectacular views of the largest migratory alewife run from Casco Bay each spring. The expansion of Mill Brook Preserve means more people will be able to experience the diversity of wildlife attracted to the fish migration, like great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, and mink.”

8 months ago

Well marked ! Nice little walk by the brook.

11 months ago

Buggy

11 months ago

The trail feature a small stream, but otherwise no views of anything in particular... and lots of mosquitoes!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Skeeters

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

There aren't really any sights on the trails. All trails focus around a small creek. Definitely don't forget your bug spray, there are a lot of mosquitoes/ticks along the trails. I ended up hiking ~5 miles for the exercise, not the sights.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

beautiful, quiet, lots of trails.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Some really pretty places on this trail. My dog very much enjoyed the swimming! The trails were adequately marked, however, I tried to find a loop trail and couldn't.

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