Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

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Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Freeport, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers 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
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
173 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

snowshoeing

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Located between Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River, Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park is a five minute drive from the center of Freeport, Maine's shopping district. It's marshes and open fields provide a tranquil transformation back to nature. In 1969, this area of more than 200 acres was given to the State by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence M.C. Smith of Freeport. The park contains varied ecosystems, including climax white pine and hemlock forests, a salt marsh estuary, and the rocky shorelines on Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River. The park's signature residents are the ospreys who nest on nearby Googins Island. An interpretive panel on the trail explains the life cycle of this magestic, graceful bird which summers on the island and makes its annual trek to South America each fall. Visitors who participate in a nature walk with the Park Naturalist can view the baby birds on their nest through a high-powered lenses and learn that these birds mate for life. The popular Casco Bay Trail carries visitors along Maine's legendary coast to a point where the surrounding islands of Eagle, Cousins and others are described on an interpretive panel. After a discovering the trails, visitors can enjoy picnics under a canopy of oak trees or a group barbecue is possible at the park's new shelter area. Loon conservation license plates paid for the construction of this new facility and groups may rent the shelter for a day. Also a great place to kayak from nearby Recompence Shore Campground at Wolfe's Neck Farm.

2 months ago

great hike overall. Nice hike in snow as well.

4 months ago

awesome

hiking
4 months ago

I ate dinner on a cliff as the tide was coming in. Beautiful area with dense trees, and views of Freeport Harbor along with wildlife.

5 months ago

great relaxing hike!

5 months ago

We went 5 days after the big storm and the trails had debris but were nearly all cleared for hiking. It was beautiful, particularly the view of the bay!

hiking
7 months ago

So lovely to be able to walk both along the cliffs and inland. The trails were relatively easy and the views of the islands and water were refreshing. Everything is well marked and you can easily extend or shorten a hike to how you are feeling that day.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail was our almost 2 year old son's first "official" hike. He pretty much ran close to the entire 2.1 mile Casco Bay trail. No lie, we had to make him sit for a quick snack/water break halfway through, and there were times we had to speed up our pace to keep up. There were several small bridges to cross, some rock installations to guide runoff for melting snow in spring, and lovely scenic view spots with benches to enjoy the view for a bit. We went on the weekend, but the trail felt private most of the time. Only occasionally did we cross paths with other hikers. Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park is perfect for an easy, yet quiet hike, as an alternative to nearby Bradbury Mountain which is always bustling with people. If you want to stay close to home, but still feel like you are almost alone in the woods, this is the place for you!

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike with minimal elevation increase/decrease, suitable for many skill levels. Breathtaking ocean views. This makes for a quick but lovely adventure!

nature trips
8 months ago

My Wife and youngest daughter loved it. It is a beautiful spot, but I like a little more elevation.

9 months ago

Beautiful hike. Well maintained park. Dog friendly.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful park and peaceful hike along multiple trail offshoots. The bits along the water were sublime. We had a dog with us, and he loved every bit of it.

hiking
9 months ago

I live close by so this is my go-to park to walk my dog. Never gets boring summer or winter. Nice walks through the woods and along the shore. Regularly see osprey and occasionally a seal out in the bay.

hiking
9 months ago

This is one of our favorite easy, short-on-time hikes. Wooded, classic Maine coast scenes, close but not so close so that you don't feel like you got away. Easy and perfect for visitors who are not hikers. Can be busy, but never feels crowded.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful sights, including that of the resident Osprey nest. Just incredible.

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11 months ago

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great place for small kids. My 3 year old walked the whole loop without a single complaint.

walking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nice nature walk close to home.

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Rocky & rooty. A lot of traffic but everyone was friendly. Facilities available. Picnic tables and grills. Family-friendly

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nice short hike. Perfect for my little kids. Plenty of critters to entertain the little ones. Turquoise river at low tide.

hiking
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

it was great, the smell of the ocean and manure from the farms :) clean and easy trail, lots of chipmunks and birds.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Beeeeuuuutiful

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Nicely managed trails with the ability of a quick hit of a coastal trail or trails through the woods. Easy walk in the woods.

hiking
Sunday, August 30, 2015

This is a great park. There is a lot to do for families and people who just want to get out in nature. Hike trails through the woods and along the shore. Learn about local nature with the informational boards throughout the park. There is a large field for playing pass with a group or use the picnic areas that are tucked around the park for lunch or dinner. Restrooms and water fountains and trash barrels make things easier to stay for the full day. There is a great covered group setting area for group events. Short trails and relatively easy for most including pets on leash though many sections have stairs or significant exposed roots so some dexterity is needed. Beautiful in all seasons though you'll likely be snowshoeing in the winter. :)

hiking
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Really pretty. Nice to see ocean and fall foliage. Did most of the trails within a couple hours. Between 4-5 miles. Pretty simple and easy "hike." Great place for kids and dogs.

hiking
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Enjoyed the view along the water, but it was an easy day out here . I was snowshoeing, great activity to be outdoors. Family and pet friendly!

hiking
Sunday, April 15, 2012

This is one of my son's favorite parks. Very easy, flat loops with only a few hills. Great picnic area and lots of parking. Rocky beach access and great coastal views. May information boards detailing wildlife in the area. Also has Osprey nest viewing spot!

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