Posted on May 1, 2017 and last updated on August 05, 2017

Edwin L. Smith Preserve, Kennebunkport

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: 1,100 acres
  • Trail Mileage: more than 10 miles
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: boulders, forest, brooks

Holy mountain bike trails. There are more than 10 miles of trails on this Kennebunkport Land Trust 1,100-acre preserve. The preserve also connects with an abandoned trolley line (but I don’t recommend walking or biking along it), and is very close to other Kennebunkport preserves and trails if you want to go and go. When I visited this preserve (springtime in 2016 and 2017), there were more mountain bikers than hikers. The trails are a mix of wide walking paths and narrow, twisty bike paths. The forest is pretty, with areas of large, lichen-covered rocks and boulders (“goose rocks?”and pitch pines). The trail system is well-marked.

Only experienced mountain bikers will have much fun on the white trail, the hardest in the preserve. The yellow trail is also at times difficult, though it is rated moderate. Walkers might want to plan to just do the shorter loops, closer to the trail head.

When I visited, I saw some unmarked trails that weren’t on the map that I didn’t follow. I suppose like many places they are mostly used by locals to access the preserve. And there was a new trail not yet included on the map.

Directions: The preserve is on Guinea Road, about .1 miles on left from Goose Rocks Road.

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Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!