Posted on July 9, 2020 and last updated on July 09, 2020

Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary, West Gardiner


  • Preserve Size: 113 acres
  • Trail Mileage: .5 mile one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: Cobbossee Stream

At the moment, the public can walk a .5-mile trail down to the shores of the peaceful Cobbossee Stream, where there is a picnic table and view of the water. I believe the plan is to build out a full loop to complete the trail? Included in the 113-acre property are four lakeside cabins—two of which the Kennebec Land Trust has charmingly restored and currently rents out. The land trust asks that walkers not continue down the drive to the cabins to protect the privacy of renters.

Also the parking area is small, and hikers have to share it with cabin renters. I imagine that if the cabins are full, there likely is not much room for other sanctuary visitors and you may have to visit another day.

Directions: Wakefield Lane, the driveway to the sanctuary, is off of Hallowell-Litchfield Road. It is about .9 mile west of the intersection with High Street, and .9 mile east of Neck Road in Litchfield, soon after the bridge over Cobbossee Stream. After you turn into Wakefield Lane, continue past the private home on the left, and look for a small parking area on the right. Please don’t block the gate.


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