Old Harris Road Preserve, Pownal

At this 14-acre preserve, you can follow a multi-use snowmobile trail for a bit more than half a mile through the woods and across a wide section of Thoit’s Brook. The snowmobile trail continues beyond preserve boundaries—which are all very well marked. The walking is easy, with a fairly long, somewhat steep hill down (and back up again!) to the brook.

Directions: The trailhead is at the beginning of an old road, across the street from Pownal Elementary School and next to Elmwood Cemetery. The road shoulder here is wide, allowing for limited parking.

Wonder Brook/Murphy Preserve, Kennebunk

This 80-acre Kennebunk Land Trust preserve is tucked into a patch of woods close to downtown. It includes some nice walking in a forest and over a curvy brook, which glows a milky green in some light. On more overcast days, it’s a bit more brown. The 2.3-mile trail system is well blazed and easy to follow, with some wide views of the river from a couple of benches placed on high banks.

Directions: Preserve is 0.5 mile east of downtown Kennebunk at the end of Plummer Lane. There’s room for five or six cars in the lot.

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Frost Gully Woods, Freeport

This roughly .8-mile Freeport Conservation Trust walk takes you through some woods next to Burr Cemetery and Route 295. But don’t let the highway proximity put you off! The easy trail takes you to the enchanting Frost Gully Brook.

Directions: The trailhead is at the back left corner of Burr Cemetery, off of Route 136. The cemetery is located on the right, if you’re coming from downtown Freeport, close to the intersection of Routes 125 and 136.

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