Posted on December 5, 2016 and last updated on August 08, 2017

Wells Barren Preserve, Wells


  • Preserve Size: 367 acres
  • Trail Mileage: more than 11 miles in network
  • Pets: no
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: sandplain grasslands

Map shows Kennebunk Plains trails in blue, and Wells Barren trails, in yellow.

The Nature Conservancy protects this unique sand plain grassland and low-shrub heathland. No dogs allowed here. This is a probably a nice place to ski, especially if you can combine it with the trails in the Kennebunk Plains. Best bet to connect the two areas is probably to travel along the power lines, but you will have to cross a brook (maybe there is a bridge?). Anyway, this skiing idea is just my assumption based on walks I’ve taken here in the spring and fall, in which I did not connect the two preserves.

Directions: Take the Wells Exit Number 19 from I-95/Maine Turnpike. At the lights (after you pass the toll), turn right (west) onto Route 109.Travel West on Rt. 109 toward Sanford for approximately 5.0 miles. Wire Rd will be on your right after you pass through a small village. Turn right (northeast) onto Wire Rd. and travel for approximately 1.5 miles to 572 Wire Rd. The parking lot will be on your left adjacent to the driveway to the preserve.


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