Hay Conservation and Recreation Area, Bremen

When we drove by this town park in June, 2020, we noticed a mown trail down to the lower parking area. If you start your walk at the high lot, you can do a 1/2-mile loop through a bright field of lupines (in season!), to the cleared area with benches by the sea. There is easy access to the seashore. Return via the gravel driveway or back up the path. The grassy trail and the dirt driveway are universally accessible.

Directions:  The preserve is on Route 32, just north of Turner Road.

Town Forest Trail, Bremen

The town owns this 47-acre forest, and has created two trails loops — one long (1.5 miles or so) and one short — which are very well-blazed and take you through the forest and out to a little saltwater estuary.

Directions: You can pick up the trailhead at the Bremen fire department, off Route 32, and also park there.

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Pemaquid Pond Preserve, Bremen

The pinnacle of loveliness of this 30-acre preserve is when you reach the pond, where there is a little rocky area that looks as if it would make a good base for swimming. The total distance of this easy trail is a bit over one mile.

Directions: You access the preserve from Turner Road, at the southern end of Pemaquid Pond.

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Todd Wildlife Sanctuary, Bremen

This Audubon sanctuary (no dogs allowed) includes a 30-acre mainland parcel with a roughly 1.2-mile loop, as well as the 330-acre Hog Island, which is located a quarter-mile offshore and has a three-mile trail. The mainland path includes stunning views of Hog Island and a cove filled with fishing boats.

Directions: 11 Audubon Road, Bremen. From U.S. Route 1 in Waldoboro, turn left (south) onto Route 32. After 7.6 miles turn left onto Keene Neck Road. The sanctuary is 1.6 miles down at the end of the road.