Posted on June 5, 2019 and last updated on June 06, 2019

Kilkenny Cove Preserve and Old Pond Railway Trail, Hancock


  • Preserve Size: ~7.5 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~3 miles one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Old railway, Skillings River, habitat for waterfowl and wading birds

The best part of this interesting trail, on the discontinued Maine Shoreline Railway, is the first mile to the Eagle Scout bridge (if you’re beginning at the east entrance). As you walk along the narrow causeway here, you have expansive views to the left and right of Skillings River. The remainder of the trail is in the forest.

The railway trail still has many of its disintegrating wooden ties, making for rather excruciating and bumpy biking. This railway trail is much better walked! In addition, on the west entrance of the one-way path, you have a rather steep descent to the old rail bed.

Directions: The eastern access is on Point Road in Hancock, across the road from the Hancock Town Hall. The western access is off Old Route One. Both have parking areas.


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