Ice Pond Preserve, Hancock

In those fun days before refrigeration changed everything, local people used to cut blocks of ice from the small pond on this 42-acre preserve....

Ball Field and Sam Ball Woods Preserves, Hancock

The two preserves here are back-to-back, and together offer a pleasant walk through meadows with apple trees and pretty woods. The Ball Field Preserve...

Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben

A natural history institute—one that also offers nature-related art workshops and chamber music concerts—really needs to have a rich and wonderful natural setting. And...

Lamoine State Park, Lamoine

The most dramatic parts of this 55-acre park are the open fields sloping down to the pebbly-sandy beachfront, backdropped with distant views of Cadillac...

Bloomfield Park, Lamoine

Named after the donor of the land, Bloomfield Smith, this little town park includes a small open waterfront area. Pleasant enough, it’s not the...

Coleman Mixed Woods, Lamoine

It is hard to tire of the mossy woods of coastal downeast Maine! This 50-acre preserve, which includes a sustainably managed woodlot, has wide,...

Corea Heath, Corea

You can explore two parts of the preserved land here: the northern heath, which has a 1.4-mile trail on it, and the southern section,...

Simon Trail, Lamoine

This is an easy-to-follow 1-mile loop trail in a pretty patch of forest. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the mushrooms here, which come...

Milbridge Commons and Sudsbury Trail, Milbridge

More a destination that trail, both Milbridge Commons and the Sudsbury Walking Trail (which don’t actually connect, but are both downtown) have very short,...

Baker Hill and Long Ledges, Sullivan

Oh wow, what an awesome surprise! I didn’t do much reading up about this double preserve (it is made up of two parcels) before...