QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 140
- Trail Mileage: ~2.5 miles of walking possible here
- Pets: no
- Difficulty: easy to moderate
- Sights: fields, woods, old apple orchards, salt marsh, 19th-century saltwater farm
Pettengill Farm is a 19th-century saltwater farm on the estuary of the Harraseeket River, and is owned by the Freeport Historical Society. The entrance road, which is unpaved but fairly easy walking (and wheelchair passable, I think), takes you to a saltbox home, ca. 1800, which sits amid 140 acres of fields, woods, “antique” apple orchards and a salt marsh. The footpaths, which are marked with signs, aren’t wheelchair passable. They wind through woods and to views.
When I revisited the farm in the fall of 2017, the trail system had been expanded and improved. The trails are easy to follow and quite pretty.
Directions: From Main Street in Freeport, turn east on Bow Street (across from L. L. Bean, Inc. main entrance). Go 1.5 miles; turn right onto Pettengill Road. Park at the gate. Walk the dirt road for about 15 minutes to the farmhouse.