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  • Butler Preserve — A short there-and-back trail along the Kennebunk River, to some rocky ledges overlooking a deep part of the river. Quite pretty. 
  • The Secret Garden — A wooded walk, with some wetlands, behind the Evergreen Cemetery. Dogs allowed, but not in the cemetery.
  • Kennebunk Plains — A huge tract of extraordinary land. Lots of trails. Follow the preserve rules. Dogs allowed on leash. Take care to keep them away from breeding birds.
  • Alewive Woods Preserve — A system of trails brings you through this 625-acre tract and to Alewive (Alewife?) Pond. The  most direct 1.2 miles to the pond follow (for the most part) flat, wide, and easy trails through forested scrub pine.
  • Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary — A .75-mile there-and-back trail with views of the Mousam River. 
  • Bridle Path — This is about a 3.4-mile or so trail from Sea Road School (actually, from the railroad tracks a little north of the school), to fairly close to the shore. Easy walking and bicycling.
  • Wonder Brook/Murphy Preserve — A delightful 80-acre preserve, with 2.5 miles of trails, some along the brook. 
  • Eastern Trail — A great bike path, with lovely off-road sections between South Portland and Kennebunk. 
  • St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery — From sunrise to sunset, the friars welcome the public to walk their landscaped grounds and paved walking trails. No pets allowed. Come for the Lithuanian shrines, the views of the river and Kennebunkport, and the gardens.
  • Hope Cemetery and Woods — The approximately 2.4 miles of trails around Hope Cemetery are immaculately maintained and easy to walk. Dogs are allowed.
  • Oxbow Preserve — The Mousam River makes a neat oxbow around this 14-acre preserve. There is a half-mile loop here that was a bit overgrown when I visited.
  • For All Forever — This 111-acre preserve includes an open meadow abutting the Mousam River.