Posted on April 23, 2018 and last updated on October 04, 2022

Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park, South Berwick


  • Preserve Size: 250 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~ 3 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Salmon Falls River, historical mansion and gardens, playground

I couldn’t believe how busy this state park was on a lovely Sunday spring day. It was teeming with people and their dogs! I think the draw for walkers are the wide paths (some of which are wheelchair friendly), the pretty views of the Salmon Falls River, the playground, and finally, the gorgeous Hamilton House (which you can tour when it’s open).

The Hamilton House, which has a separate parking lot, can be reached via a narrow walking path at one end of the park. It’s a gorgeous 1785 mansion, perched on a bluff overlooking the river, with some other old buildings and restored gardens nearby. You can do a little circumambulation around the field and then return to finish your walk in the woodsy park.

Directions: Travel south on Route 236 out of South Berwick. After about 1/2-mile, turn right opposite the junior high school on to Vine Street. Go about one mile to the intersection of Vine Street and Old Fields Road. Turn right and look for the park entrance.

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