Kennebunk Plains

Kennebunk, Maine

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The trails around the Kennebunk Plains are mostly abandoned sand roads left from when the plain was a commercial blueberry operation. The hike follows around the outside of the plains, skirting the woods and following Cold Water Brook and then the Mousam River. The best season for hiking is late summer, when the blueberries are ripe and the northern blazing stars are in bloom. For a time the Kennebunk Plains was used as a commercial blueberry barren. Enough blueberry bushes survive to make a late summer hike a snacking opportunity. Today the Kennebunk Plains is a Nature Conservancy preserve and a state wildlife management area. The highlight of the plains is the northern blazing star, an endangered wildflower that turns the plains purple in August. The Kennebunk Plains supports the only population of northern blazing star in Maine and the largest concentration of the wildflower anywhere in the world. On the hike you may see a number of other rare plants and animals, as well as numerous songbirds and butterflies.
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by Greg Westrich (Falcon Guides)

The trails around the Kennebunk Plains are mostly abandoned sand roads left from when the plain was a commercial blueberry operation. The hike follows around the outside of the plains, skirting the woods and following Cold Water Brook and then the Mousam River. The best season for hiking is late summer, when the blueberries are ripe and the northern blazing stars are in bloom.

For a time the Kennebunk Plains was used as a commercial blueberry barren. Enough blueberry bushes survive to make a late summer hike a snacking opportunity. Today the Kennebunk Plains is a Nature Conservancy preserve and a state wildlife management area. The highlight of the plains is the northern blazing star, an endangered wildflower that turns the plains purple in August. The Kennebunk Plains supports the only population of northern blazing star in Maine and the largest concentration of the wildflower anywhere in the world. On the hike you may see a number of other rare plants and animals, as well as numerous songbirds and butterflies.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kennebunk
Distance: 1.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best season: Late summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Kennebunk Land Trust, (207) 985-8734, www .kennebunklandtrust.org/ preserves/kennebunk-wildlife -management-area.php
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas & Gazetteer map 2; USGS Kennebunk
Driving Directions: Directions to Kennebunk Plains

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