Posted on January 23, 2014 and last updated on August 16, 2020

Vaughan Woods, Farmingdale and Hallowell


  • Preserve Size: 197 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~2.5 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: old stone bridges, falls, fields, woods

A very popular spot for local walkers and (leashed) dogs. I even saw one walker with a well-behaved cat on a leash. Perhaps one reason for the 200-acre property’s popularity is the many pretty streams that cross the land here, forming dark pools surrounded by smooth, shaded rocks. There are also seven old rock bridges that cross these brooks. The three miles of trails here are wide and easy to follow, but they’re not marked with blazes, so a familiarity with the area is helpful. There are a couple of maps along the way and a few places to access the trail network. The woods are quite close to the highway, so it’s not as quiet as other wooded trails. The property is owned by the Vaughan Homestead Foundation, which put the land into a conservation easement held by Kennebec Land Trust.

Directions: Follow Route 201/Water St. into Hallowell from either direction. Turn onto Central St. going uphill away from the river. Any side street opposite the river on 201/Water St. will take you up to 2nd St. – Temple, Union, etc. Take your 1st Left onto 2nd St. You will come to a sharp bend on 2nd St. where it turns into Litchfield Rd. The Homestead gates will be on your left in the “elbow” of the bend just before the road goes right. Look for brick pillars with “2 Litchfield Road” written on them.

You may also park at the Hall-Dale High School and on Litchfield Road.


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