Parks and Hiking Trails
Visit one of Maine's state parks or hiking trails to experience nature on the rocky coast of Maine!
|Eastern Trail: Scarborough to Saco is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Scarborough, Maine that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The portion of the Eastern Trail goes over the beautiful Scarborough salt marsh via a dirt walkway and small bridge and has great views of the marsh, the seagulls, terns, and ducks. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.
|Trail parking on Pine Point Road offers the best views of the Scarborough marsh!
|Atlantic Way Trail and Rachel Carson Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Saco, Maine that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips and mountain biking. Dog are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
|Access to trail is in Kinney Shores on Route 9
|A stand of tupelo (black gum) trees, rare at this latitude, can be seen in this 100-acre area, which offers a sweeping view of miles of white sand beaches between the Saco River and Pine Point.
Long before highways were common north of Boston, beaches provided travelers relatively safe and easy transportation routes. A ferry crossing at nearby Saco River served beach travelers, and thus Ferry Beach State Park received its name.
A picnic area, nature trails, guided nature programs, and changing room are available. Dogs are able to use trails but must be kept on a leash. Dogs are prohibited from the beach during summer months.
|65 Bayview Rd., Saco, ME 04072
|Two Lights State Park is a popular point of destination for Maine residents and the many visitors who enjoy the state`s legendary rocky coast. Opened in 1961, the park encompasses 41-acres of rocky headlands. Standing high above the rocky coast and rolling surf, visitors have sweeping views of Casco Bay and the open Atlantic.
The park`s name originated from the twin lighthouses located nearby, outside the park at the end of Two Lights Road. Built in 1828, these were the first twin lighthouses on the coast of Maine.
Picnic tables situated on the hills facing the ocean afford visitors spectacular views of the ocean while enjoying an afternoon barbecue or clambake. Strollers and hikers can enjoy the refreshing sea breezes along shoreline trails and watch ships sailing into and out of Portland Harbor.
|7 Tower Dr., Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
|Saco Heath - Honored by Down East magazine as Maine`s "Best Overlooked Gem!"
Saco Heath formed when two adjacent ponds filled with decaying plant material called peat. Eventually, the two ponds filled completely and grew together to form a raised coalesced bog, where the surface of the peat is perched above the level of the groundwater. Located in a rapidly growing area of southern Maine, the 1,218-acre preserve features a self-guided hike along a woodland trail to a boardwalk through the heath`s varied peatland communities. In the spring, the heathland plants bloom, spreading a carpet of lavender, pink and white across the heath.
NOTE: Temporarily closed due to COVID-19
|Route 112, Buxton Road
|The trail is located on the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and is a scenic 1.4 mile loop located in Biddeford Pool that takes visitors through forests and meadows to the Atlantic Ocean.
|The trail begins where Granite Point Road turns into Timber Point Road in Biddeford.
|East Point Audubon Sanctuary Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Biddeford, Maine that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Length 1.5 miElevation gain 62 ftRoute type Loop
|Ocean Ave, Biddeford Pool