Vaughan Woods

South Berwick, Maine

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Several miles of trails crisscross mature pine woods and meander along the tidal Salmon Falls River. The hike follows an old bridle path through the woods to the southern end of the park, passing the Warren homesite. You return to the trailhead along the river, where there are several overlooks. The hike begins in a piney picnic grove. The field that you drove through to get to the trailhead is more typical of this land’s historical character. Before the first European settlers, Native Americans kept open areas for farming and berrying along the Salmon Falls River. They rotated land about every ten years, leaving a patchwork of farmland, brambles, new forest, and mature forest. Later, when the Hamilton family built their house overlooking the river, almost none of the land that is now the state park was forested.
Best Easy Day Hikes Portland, Maine

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by Greg Westrich (Falcon Guides)

Several miles of trails crisscross mature pine woods and meander along the tidal Salmon Falls River. The hike follows an old bridle path through the woods to the southern end of the park, passing the Warren homesite. You return to the trailhead along the river, where there are several overlooks.

The hike begins in a piney picnic grove. The field that you drove through to get to the trailhead is more typical of this land’s historical character. Before the first European settlers, Native Americans kept open areas for farming and berrying along the Salmon Falls River. They rotated land about every ten years, leaving a patchwork of farmland, brambles, new forest, and mature forest. Later, when the Hamilton family built their house overlooking the river, almost none of the land that is now the state park was forested.

© 2016 Greg Westrich/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: South Berwick
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Memorial Day to Labor Day
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park, (207) 4904079, www.maine.gov/doc/parks
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas & Gazetteer map 1; USGS Dover East
Driving Directions: Directions to Vaughan Woods

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