The Berwicks

This page covers walks in Berwick, South Berwick, and North Berwick

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  • Grant’s Meadow at Beaver Dam Heath — A 3/4-mile walk close to the heath. Berwick. 
  • Negutaquet Conservation Area — 100 acres includes a small river, old family cemetery, and lovely woods. Connected to Maple Street Conservation Area via a path on private land.
  • Negutaquit Nature Trails — Behind the primary school are 55 well-blazed and very pretty trails that pass through a mature forest, along the Negutaquet River (and over it on a suspension bridge), and along the edges of a meadow. The public can visit when the school is not in session.
  • Maple Street Conservation Area and Town Forest — This preserve is connected to the Negutaquet parcel via a path on private land (that doesn’t allow pets). You can walk the 2.2 miles here or go for a longer walk over to Negutaquet.
  • Madeline Blaisdell Walking Trails — The trails are made up of two half-mile trails that loop around North Berwick’s rec center. One is wheelchair accessible, around the fields, while the other loops through the woods.
  • Bauneg Beg Mountain — Quite an extraordinary little mountain for this part of Maine. An easy .6-mile or so hike to a lookout. 
  • Grover-Herrick Preserve — 1-mile loop in the woods, with a bench overlooking part of Bauneg Beg Pond.
  • Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park — About three miles of wide trails in woods, with some views of the Salmon Falls River. The trail network links up the grand Hamilton House. This park is very popular.
  • Savage Preserve — A one-mile loop through meadow and woods, along tidal and freshwater frontage. 
  • Desrochers Memorial Forest — A good portion of this 2.2 mile trail network runs along the pretty Great Works River.
  • Orris Falls Conservation Area — This 198-acre preserve has a lot to explore: literary history (Sarah Orne Jewett described a scene at an old home here), beaver ponds, balancing rocks. The trails stretch out and you can do a few different loops. There is also a path—the Checkerberry Trail—connecting the preserve to Mt. Agamenticus Conservation Area.
  • Kenyon Hill Preserve — You can do a pleasant mile loop in the woods here, and check out an enormous granite block with a towering cliff face.
  • Newichawannock Woods — A forest trail brings you to the edge of a wide section of the Salmon Falls River. The easy loop from the parking area is roughly 1.0 mile.
  • Keay Brook Preserve — Easy walking—on wide, level woods trails—bring you to a pretty spot on the Salmon Falls River and the even prettier Keay Brook.
  • Rocky Hills Preserve — This large tract of contiguous preserves extends into Eliot, where it becomes the Eliot Town Forest. The trails on the Rocky Hills side are wide and mostly level, providing easy walking in the woods. You’ll get views of reedy York Pond at the town forest, as well as slightly rougher walking.