QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 626 acres
- Trail Mileage: >3 miles
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy to moderate
- Sights: forest, stream, farm
Close to the marvelous Wolfe’s Neck State Park, Wolfe’s Neck Center offers another great network of trails. You can follow a stream, explore a forest, and walk around an oceanside campground. You can also visit a barn and say hello to goats.
There are several miles of hiking trails here open to the public all year. The first time I visited was in winter, and it was very quiet. In the summer, there are quite a lot more people!
The dirt roads and walking path through the oceanside campsite includes spectacular views and water access. The unpaved roads linking spectacular campsite to campsite are wheelchair accessible, while the 0.4-mile walking trail on this side, though wide and easy, has some inaccessible sections. A small playground is a nice stop for kids.
The inland trails behind the farm, which include views over a marshy area, can be a bit rough in parts. The perimeter trail, called the Farm Loop Trail, is pretty well marked in the woods, but signs do disappear in places. The path to Quiet Cove and its nice campsites is easy to walk, and is also laid wood chips.
The center has a cafe and a store, as well. So stop for a treat after your walk!
Directions: Follow Interstate 295 to exit 20, or US Route 1 to Freeport. Across from L.L. Bean turn onto Bow Street, this becomes Flying Point Road. After approximately 2.5 miles, turn right onto Wolfe’s Neck Road. Travel 1.5 miles, turn onto Burnett Road. Continue across the bridge to reach the offices, hiking trails, barns, and gardens. Continue further down Burnett Road to reach the campground. There are at least two parking areas along this road to park, as well as parking places in the campgrounds, marked on the map.