Posted on September 10, 2014 and last updated on August 13, 2018

Rines Forest and Waterfall Trail, Cumberland

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: 216 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~3.2 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: woodland, streams

The trails in Cumberland, Falmouth, and Windham are very well connected, either by footpath or snowmobile trail. In my map above, Knight’s Pond Preserve is in light blue; Farwell Forest is in lavender; Rines Forest in green; Hadlock Forest in red; Falmouth Town Forest trails in dark blue; and Falmouth Community Park trails in orange. Not shown on this Google map is how this network connects to a trail system on the western side of Route 100, which includes Blackstrap Preserve, North Falmouth Community Forest, and Lowell Preserve.

Here is my attempt at a map that roughly shows the multi-town interconnected trail system.

Cumberland and Falmouth, particularly Falmouth, offer this long, interconnected trail system popular with mountain bikers. From Hadlock Forest, you can go and go and go. The 216-acre Rines Forest, managed by the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust, is a nice walk in the woods, with a particularly lovely spot by a sylvan stream.

From the northeast corner of the forest, you can catch the Waterfall Trail, which takes you out of the forest and along fields to Blanchard Road. Despite it being called the Waterfall Trail, I didn’t see one! Perhaps it’s been too dry? I recommend parking on Range Road if you’d like to do this section of the forest because there aren’t many parking areas on Blanchard Road.

Directions: Parking and the trailhead are 1.7 miles from ME Routes 26/100 on the left or 1.4 miles from ME Route 9 via a short connection on Winn Road (from ME Route 9 take Winn Road 0.3 miles and turn right onto Range Road). Trailhead and parking are on the right if coming from ME Route 9. There is room to park several cars along the road next to the entrance.

View Hadlock and Rines Forests in a larger map

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