Posted on November 28, 2019 and last updated on December 03, 2019

Essex Woods, Bangor


  • Preserve Size: 70 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~2.5 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: crabapple, wild strawberry, paper birch, quaking aspen, gray birch, and cattail marsh, forested wetland, wetland, shrub marsh

There are the official trails here, nicely marked with signs, and then there are quite a few scraggly unofficial trails. So it’s possible to get a bit confused walking around in this public forest, especially when there is snow. I didn’t see many trail blazes other than trail signs at intersections. I wonder if the trail system is sprouting here because both walkers and bicyclists are allowed; I’ve found that where mountain bikers go, so go a lot of twisty little trails.

In addition, trails here continue past the powerline corridor, which looks like it marks the border of city land. So, if you know that these are okay to walk, perhaps you should explore them. I wondered a bit beyond the powerlines, following the footprints of a walker and their dog.

Bonus: There’s a massive hill here, great for sledding, as well as an enclosed dog park.

According to the enthusiastic description on Maine Trail Finder, this place sounds like a little piece of heaven when it’s not wintertime. I’ll have to come back! Also, this is a great map of Bangor trails.

Directions: From Essex Street, turn onto Watchmaker Street. The parking area and park is at the end of the street.


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