Posted on July 8, 2016 and last updated on June 27, 2018

Sebago to the Sea Trail, Section I, Standish


  • Preserve Size: 1,700 acres in the Sebago Lake Land Reserve
  • Trail Mileage: 3.5 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: sandy beach, Sebago Lake

This is the beginning (or the end) of the long Sebago to the Sea Trail. This section, which has roughly 3.5 miles of trails, is lovely! Mostly because it takes you to a private little beach on Sebago Lake that is just outside of the no-swimming zone (so you can swim). You must fill out a Portland Water District permit at the kiosk of the trailheads. I didn’t, and I was ticketed! But the fellow I spoke with at the PWD was very nice about it.

The only downside to this trail is you have to cross two fast roads — Route 237 and 35 — which is a little alarming. I also remember it was not so easy to see the continuing trail on the other side of Route 35 when I was here in July 2016. It’s not directly across the road, and the sign for the trail is across a field.

Go here if you are inspired to do a biggish chuck of the Sebago to the Sea trail. I recommend the section from the lake to Windham.

Directions: There are two places to park. One is at the parking lot off Route 237, which connects sections one and two of the Sebago to Sea trail. Or you can park off Route 35, opposite the turn-off to Busque Road.

Here is a more complete map of the larger trail system:


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