Scarborough Marsh Trail

Old Orchard Beach, Maine

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Sometimes, just a small change in scenery can put you in the extraordinary. Snowshoeing the trails in this protected marsh area in southern Maine, just minutes from the busy Route 1 highway, transports you to another world. Here, narrow channels and tidal rivers snake through frost-tinged salt marshes; wintering birds feed in the rich, still-moving waters; and the briny smell of low tide fills the air, even in the dead of cold season. It’s an easy walk, with lots of options. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and for a rare glimpse of a snowy owl. Scarborough Marsh is the largest salt marsh in the state of Maine and considered one of the most important and productive on the New England coast. It includes more than 3000 acres of tidal marsh, salt creeks, fresh marsh, and uplands and is a resting, breeding, and feeding ground for an array of wildlife, particularly birds.
Snowshoe Routes: New England

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Snowshoe Routes: New England

by Diane Bair & Pamela Wright (The Mountaineers Books)

Sometimes, just a small change in scenery can put you in the extraordinary. Snowshoeing the trails in this protected marsh area in southern Maine, just minutes from the busy Route 1 highway, transports you to another world. Here, narrow channels and tidal rivers snake through frost-tinged salt marshes; wintering birds feed in the rich, still-moving waters; and the briny smell of low tide fills the air, even in the dead of cold season.

It’s an easy walk, with lots of options. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and for a rare glimpse of a snowy owl. Scarborough Marsh is the largest salt marsh in the state of Maine and considered one of the most important and productive on the New England coast. It includes more than 3000 acres of tidal marsh, salt creeks, fresh marsh, and uplands and is a resting, breeding, and feeding ground for an array of wildlife, particularly birds.

©  Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Old Orchard Beach
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Winter
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
Driving Directions: Directions to Scarborough Marsh Trail

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