Posted on June 26, 2018 and last updated on October 09, 2023

Hope Cemetery and Woods, Kennebunk


  • Preserve Size: 72 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~2.4 miles of trails in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Hope Cemetery, Wiggins Pond, boardwalk

I love the name of this beautiful cemetery, which does inspire hope (either in this world or the next!).

The roughly 2.4 miles of trails that abut the cemetery are immaculately maintained. The trails to the north of the Hope Woods parking area are all universally accessible, with the exception of two (the blue and yellow ones. And perhaps one day these will be, too). And these paths are some of the most accessible I’ve ever seen for gravel trails— they’re wide, flat, well-marked, and smooth. Additionally, you can stroll through the beautiful cemetery, on its paths and roads.

I believe visitors are encouraged to park at the far end of the cemetery, but those using the paths can enter the trail system via the cemetery, Wood Pond Lane, Fletcher Street, and Woodhaven Drive. 

Directions: While there are several places to access this trail system, not all of them are conducive to parking. The idea spot to park is in the cemetery at the end of the access road. Enter the cemetery from Portland Road (Route 1), about 300 feet from the intersection with Main Street.

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