Best trails in Yarmouth, Maine

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Looking for a great trail near Yarmouth, Maine? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, kid friendly trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Wolfes Neck Woods State Park or Popham Beach State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Town of Harpswell or Fore River Sanctuary. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 10 easy trails in Yarmouth ranging from 0.9 to 10.3 miles and from 32 to 164 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Yarmouth, Maine
Top trails (10)
#1 - Bear, Chipmunk and Moose Trail Loop
Pratt's Brook Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
Pratt's Brook trails loop through piney woods and open meadows, with bridges and other crossings over the many tributaries of Pratt’s Brook, offer great hiking, snowshoeing and exploring. Good bird watching sites include the open fields with bluebird boxes (North Road fields), stream-side overlooks, blueberry fields, and a beautiful, rocky waterfall on the Otter Trail. With adequate snow, there are groomed ski trails ranging from easy to moderately challenging with opportunities for wildlife observations, including a small active beaver pond, plentiful deer sign and barred and great horned owl calling at night. There is now a Disc Golf course located on the northwest side of the North Road parking lot. Show more
#2 - Royal River Park Loop
Yarmouth, Maine
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 34 m
With a beautiful paved path running the length of the park along the river and parallel to the heart of the village, this is one of Yarmouth’s most beloved parks, owned and managed by the Town. Highlights include views of three waterfalls, two at old dam sites and another at a historic mill site. There are picnic tables and open fields as well as floodplain forest and a 75- to 200-year-old stand of hemlock. Most of the park is built on former industrial and mill sites. The Middle (or Third, counting upstream from tidewater) Falls with its brick remnants and Factory Island was once completely spanned by the massive Forest Paper Company mill complex in the early 1900’s. The primary path through the park runs from East Elm Street, near the Upper (or Fourth) Falls, down along the river through open fields to the Third Falls overlook. It then descends by brick mill remnants and enters a stretch of basswood and locust floodplain forest, followed by hemlock and pine forest, before meeting the Beth Condon Pathway, where a pedestrian bridge crosses the river. It continues south under US Route One to the final dam and the Second Falls (the “Cotton Mill Falls”) at Bridge Street. Historical interpretative signs are stationed alongside the path. There are several connections to Main Street from the path. A second path extends from East Elm Street and the upper dam along a small peninsula between the river and an old mill sluiceway. From here, you can look over to Gooch Island which you can also view from a pathway between Park Street and Forest Falls Drive.Show more
#3 - West Side Trail
Yarmouth, Maine
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 4 h 33 m
The West Side Trail is a multi-use trail that brings off-road single track bicycling to Yarmouth. For walkers, runners, and bikers, the trail connects neighborhoods, office parks, preserves, and public beaches. This is the west portion of the longer trail. The trail includes ravines, rocky bluffs, and vistas to Casco Bay and the Royal River estuary with an unexpected sense of remoteness, even while crossing ten neighborhood streets. Show more
#4 - Bear, Chipmunk, Fox and Moose Trail Loop
Pratt's Brook Park
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Length: 3.2 mi
#5 - Frank Knight Forest Nature Walk
Frank Knight Forest
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 51 m
Two trailheads start from the Community Garden; the main trail extends north from the garden’s central lane and a second heads into the woods from the back of the Renters’ Garden on the left of the entry lane. Both head into young and mature woods, around wetlands, ending up in the first of two lovely meadows. This first larger meadow has a cluster of red maples with a stone bench dedicated to the park’s first volunteer steward, Annie Simpson. Beyond this field trails extend in three directions, looping roughly 3 more miles through a second meadow, and some mixed pine woods, past glacial erratics, and ancient hemlock, stately oak and spruce trees. There are several spur trails one of which slopes down a narrow ridge to one of the many tributary streams of Pratt’s Brook. Another spur heads north to the PanAm/Amtrak rail line, where currently there is no legal access.Show more
#6 - Spear Farm Estuary Preserve
Spear Farm Estuary Preserve
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 25 m
Owned and managed by the Town of Yarmouth, Spear Farm Estuary Preserve is a scenic 55-acre property with diverse habitats, ranging from stately oaks and pine forest to the open salt marshes of the Royal River estuary, and a small freshwater pond with a fringing marsh. The preserve includes 1.6 miles of gentle, well-maintained trails over rolling, coastal terrain perfect for foot or ski travel, an ideal for bird watching. There is an excellent picnic spot and overlook on the pond’s northern shore, as well as on the edge of the salt marsh. In the winter the pond offers great skating opportunities, with attention to safety. Conservation Easements held by the Royal River Conservation Trust protect the property.Show more
#7 - Littlejohn Island Preserve [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Littlejohn Island Preserve
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 21 m
NOTE: Littlejohn Island Preserve is a popular area with a very small parking lot. Only 4 cars can park at a time. If parking spots are filled please find a different place to hike. Parking in the neighborhood and idling in cars is PROHIBITED and violators will be prosecuted. The preserve has typical mud-season closures for vehicular access in springtime. Trailhead is past the stone entrance that says Littlejohn shores and Private Way. Just walk down the dirt road a ways and you'll see it.Show more
#8 - Riverfront Woods Carriage and Primitive Trail Loops
Riverfront Woods Preserve
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 37 m
Riverfront Woods Preserve trails are fully flagged, and increasingly open for adventurous walkers. The neighborhood still has many residential construction sites. Please be patient as this new space takes shape. Completion of the universally-accessible Carriage Trail is expected in late 2021. The Preserve conserves one of the last remaining pieces of unfragmented habitat and shoreline along the Royal River in Yarmouth. This section of the river supports beavers, otters, deer, and a variety of bird species and distinct flora, creating a surprisingly remote experience for paddling in the summer and skating, snowshoeing, and skiing in the winter. The preserve’s shoreline is roughly one mile upriver from the East Elm Street boat launch. Show more
#9 - Sweetsir Farm Preserve Trail
Sweetsir Farm Preserve
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 23 m
The 30-acre Sweetsir Farm Preserve extends from the end of Old Field Road to the east bank of the Royal River. A narrow path passes through a variety of woods and wetlands to majestic mature oak and rich floodplain forest along the banks of the Royal River. The pleasant half-mile trail has solid footing except for two drainages which are crossable with long strides and stepping stones. It merges with another trail coming in from the left before paralleling the river to a small bluff and then continuing north to a set of vernal pools which harbor spring breeding populations of spotted salamanders, wood frogs, green frogs, and spring peepers. The bluff along the river is a scenic place to picnic; look for spring wildflowers and riverside birds.Show more
#10 - Riverfront Woods Carriage Trail
Riverfront Woods Preserve
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 26 m