QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 89 acres
- Trail Mileage: 2 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: moderate to difficult
- Sights: views
Even before you start this hike, you get some great views along the access road to the trail, on Fox Farm Hill Road. The little mountain offers a fairly easy climb — about .6 miles — to a small open ledge with views, and it seems very popular. Most people park in the lot off Fox Farm Hill Road, which should be plowed out in the winter. There is another trailhead on the other side of the mountain, off Bauneg Beg Hill Road, but there is limited parking (and also no visible sign for the trail from the road — or at least that I didn’t see).
From the best lookout, on Middle Peak, you can see the White Mountains on clear days. The easiest way to this point is to take Ginny’s Way rather than Linny’s Way, which involves a rocky clamber up “Devil’s Den.” The North Peak Loop is a great trail, too, with some open ledge, but the best views are really from Middle Peak. (Check out the Great Works Regional Land Trust map.) According to reporting by guidebook writer Carey Kish, Bauneg Beg comes from the Wabanaki word Bannebeaugue, which means “spread out” and “still water.”
Directions: Heading on north on Rte. 4 out of North Berwick, go 2.1 miles, then left on Boyle Road, which turns into Ford Quint Road, for about 5.5 miles, then left on Fox Farm Hill Road. Parking lot will be about .3 miles on your left.