I am a West Bath resident creating Maine By Foot as a guide to some of Maine’s wonderful trails. Many of these are open to the public thanks to generations of generous land owners who have protected their land from development, and to the work and dedication of land trusts and other conservation organizations.
I update this site as I discover walks or re-do old ones. I am not including snowmobile/ATV trails because these are sometimes not marked well. But I definitely encourage walkers to contact your local club and get a map of nearby tracks — these can sometimes make for great walking or skiing.
Because I value the experience of self discovery, I keep my trail descriptions relatively simple, adding a self-made map when I can of the trail to help you find the trailhead and to get a sense of the path’s route. My maps are not made by an expert, so please be careful not to get lost, and try not to wander onto private property! Additionally, I sometimes find my GPS trail distances are different than the official distances, just by a bit.
I have also added a link when I can to the organization responsible for maintaining the land. These websites are often very informative and provide maps, as well as a bit of the history, ecology and geology of the land. In addition, trail maps are often available at trailhead kiosks.
Please check whether dogs are allowed on preserves and whether they should be on leash. Most land trust preserves and parks accept dogs; others, like The Nature Conservancy and Audubon sanctuaries, do not.
Just a note about photos: I am terrible at identifying plants, so am not always sure when I am snapping a native species.
I include a quick description of a trail’s easiness with either easy, moderate, or difficult. Essentially I’m referring to how much uphill walking is involved and the trail distance. So my easy refers to preserves that don’t involve too much climbing, but they still may have uneven forested trails gnarled with roots and such. But if you search for wheelchair in the search bar, a number of accessible trails will pop up that are also very gentle on one’s knees.
This site is in progress and if there are errors, please let me know! I try to be as accurate as possible, but things (like trails, trailheads, parking spots) do change.