Posted on January 9, 2014 and last updated on November 26, 2021

Morris Farm and Sortwell Memorial Forest, Wiscasset


  • Preserve Size: +200 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~ 4 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: farm, fields, forest

The Morris Farm Trails link up to the West Wood Trails, offering paths on more than 200 acres of woods and fields on three contiguous properties: the Sortwell Memorial Forest, the Wiscasset Town Forest, and the Morris Farm (owned by the Morris Farm Trust). There are trails marked for walkers (blazed with colors like blue, red, orange and yellow) that connect with trails for snowmobilers. The trails I have here are mostly, like 95%, blazed trails that are pretty well marked.

Since I first explored this preserve, more trails have been added, including bike trails. Bring a trail map with you if you don’t know the area — it can get a bit confusing at times. I’ve uploaded a couple of recent trail maps below. You can also find a map online. Additionally, sections of the trails can be quite wet, so in a few areas walkers have carved out short detours around epic mud puddles.

The main paths, that is, the wider ones named for colors, make for easier walking than the narrower bike paths and the black-dotted path that goes out to the yurt.

Directions: From Route 1 northbound, take a left onto Churchill Street, right before the town offices and police station, and before the junction with Route 27. Go .4 mile and take your first left onto Willow Lane. The parking area will be on your right, .8 miles after you turn. You can also park at the Wiscasset Community Center, which is off Route 27.