Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

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Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park is a 2.1 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
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

sea kayaking

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

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.

12 days ago

great relaxing hike!

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14 days 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!

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2 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.

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3 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!

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3 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!

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