Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

Freeport, Maine 4033

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park Professional Guide

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"This easy hike loops along the shore of Casco Bay past Googins Island and its osprey nest. The shore of the bay is made up of interesting and varied bedrock that changes in character with the changing tide.

The shore of the Harraseeket River—actually a long, narrow bay—is a high bluff with several rocky overlooks. The forest in between is oak-pine and hemlock; in each you will find many mature trees."

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Best Easy Day Hikes Portland, Maine (Falcon Guides)
Greg Westrich
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"This easy hike loops along the shore of Casco Bay past Googins Island and its osprey nest. The shore of the bay is made up of interesting and varied bedrock that changes in character with the changing tide. The shore of the Harraseeket River—actually a long, narrow bay—is a high bluff with several rocky overlooks. The forest in between is oakpine and hemlock; in each, you will find many mature trees." Read more
Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"Located on a long peninsula that juts into scenic Casco Bay, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park is 233 acres of shady forests and rocky shoreline. In 1969 Freeport residents Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence M. Smith generously donated this land to the state for the establishment of the park. Today, Wolfe’s Neck Woods is dissected by numerous trails that offer visitors of all ages a variety of short hiking opportunities. In addition to self-guided hikes, visitors are drawn to Wolfe’s Neck’s naturalist-led walks, presented throughout the summer." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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"At Wolfe’s Neck Woods, no waterfalls explode over cliffs, no panoramic views stretch over mountaintops to far horizons. This hike is not intended to bombard your senses; the rewards here are far more subtle. Watch spiders silently spinning webs, smell the salt on the ocean breeze, study the gulls swooping over Casco Bay and the pattern made by a cluster of trailside ferns. Kids will appreciate the numerous split-log bridges, the two encounters with water, and the abundance of knee-high natural treasures along the level trail. Adults will emerge from this preserve relaxed and refreshed." Read more
Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair
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"This coastal treasure offers 5 miles of easy forest and shore-side walking trails, including a wheelchair- and stroller-accessible path. Bring your binoculars! Drive five minutes away from Freeport’s bustling shopping district, and Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park transports you into the tranquil natural world. This 245-acre park has 5 miles of easy walking trails, clean and modern restrooms, a picnic area, and diverse ecosystems, including mature hemlock and white pine forests, a salt marsh estuary, and the rocky shorelines of the Harraseeket River and Casco Bay. Named after the land’s early European settlers, Henry and Rachel Wolfe and established in 1972, this park is now considered one of Maine’s coastal treasures." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Carey Michael Kish
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"This loop hike features pleasant views of the Harraseeket River and a string of Casco Bay islands. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park spans the breadth of the Wolfe’s Neck Peninsula from the Harraseeket River in the east to Casco Bay in the west, encompassing 245 acres of mixed woods, rocky ocean shoreline, mudflats, and salt marshes. The park is named for Henry and Rachel Woolfe, who in 1733 became the first Europeans to permanently settle the land here. Early settlers like the Woolfes cleared the land for farming and pasturing, but over the centuries, the woods have returned. The now heavily forested land was gifted to the state in 1969 by Eleanor and Lawrence M. C. Smith of Freeport, and in 1972, the park was opened to the public. A network of eight trails provide about 4 miles of walking opportunities. Ten interpretive signs describe the special natural features to enjoy." Read more

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park Reviews

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1/16/2011
Great area with many trail lengths to choose from. Some trails follow the waters edge around Casco Bay while others go through the woods. Well marked trails. Small entrance fee collected at gate.
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5/24/2008
Pretty standard, yet ultimately boring state park. It is completely flat and the trails just weave around and through the forest (uninspiring really). The big draw here is the ocean front and the water, so the trails are just "there" in the wooded area. Very crowded. Pay to play.
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Trail Information

Freeport
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
2.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2-4 hours
Duration
May-Oct
Season
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Dec 2018