Posted on August 29, 2013 and last updated on October 04, 2022

Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary, Freeport


  • Preserve Size: 101 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~3 miles in network
  • Pets: no
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: open fields, apple orchards, alder lowland, mill ruins

This preserve offers a varied and pleasant walk through more than 100 acres of hemlock and white pine forest, an overgrown orchard, small fields and, briefly, a trail that follows a pretty creek. Some of the trails are ever so slightly in need of refreshing and updating, and it can be wet going in the spring.

The sanctuary abuts the Harraseeket River estuary. The name of the preserve derives from the days (early 1700s) when masts were made here for the British navy. In time, the stream powered a saw mill, two grist mills and a woodworking shop. You can still see the remains of the mills dating back to the early 1860s, when a fire destroyed the operation. 

Directions: Take exit 22 to merge onto ME-125 S/ME-136 S/Mallet Dr toward Freeport. Turn right onto Main St. In about .2 mile turn left onto Bow St. After about 1 mile turn left onto Upper Mast Landing Rd. The turn-in is about .2 mile up the road on your right. Parking is to the left.