You’re near Portland, you want to get out there for a hike, but you don’t want to get OUT THERE out there. We’ve got you covered. As people that live and work here in Maine, we have a few suggestions for accessible hikes that truly scratch that hiking itch.
Located just north of Portland in Pownal, Maine, you’ll find one of our favorite hikes. Kids, dogs, adults young and old can find something to love in this trail system just far enough off the highway to feel remote. You can choose the quick, slightly steeper, walk to get up to the summit quickly, or take any of a number of meandering trails around the mountain to wind your way up and back down again. Plus, they have camping sites nearby.
Also, don’t miss the top-notch bird-watching opportunity at the top, as shown in the “Hawk Watch” image below.
Presumpscot River Trail
From what looks like your average Portland neighborhood blooms this excellent, and scenic, trail system. Beautiful views along the Presumpscot River, plus some rolling trails that mountain bikers love, make this an easy stop.
You like woodlands? They’ve got woodlands. You like estuaries? They’ve got the estuariest. Rocky coast that Maine has become known for? Of coast.
Jokes aside, this might be one of the most scenic and peaceful walks within a half hour of Portland. Just drive north to Freeport and then head to the coast. Wolfe’s Neck also has plenty of guided walks and bird-watching opportunities, as well as camping that fills up fast each year. Just a spectacular place to go and be outside.
Another Freeport pick! The 5-plus miles of trails and easy summit hike make this a nice little stop on a day full of sight-seeing. Like all of our suggestions on this list, kids and dogs would be happy here. Throw in the fact that, on a clear day, you can get a view of Mt. Washington from the top and you’ve got a primo hike right there.
Mill Brook Preserve
Just northwest of Portland, you’ll find this nice little trail system in Westbrook, Maine. From the trailhead, you’ll swiftly find yourself in forest and peaceful trails. Doesn’t hurt that there are multiple trail heads to choose from. And if you happen to be stopping by in May or June, you might just be lucky enough to witness thousands upon thousands of fish on the move thanks to the alewife runs at those times. All in all, a fun little pick if you’re looking for something especially close to our tasting room.
Mayor Baxter Woods Trails
Just down Forest Ave, you’ll find Baxter Woods, (which just so happens to be conveniently on your way between downtown Portland and our fine brewery tasting room). You’ll find shaded trails that wend their way through the trees. Not a hike, per se, but a serene walk in the woods, just outside of downtown Portland.
Of course, our recommended course of action after getting out for a hike would be to reward yourself with a beer, cider, or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice (and probably a lobster roll while you’re at it) all available in our tasting room.
Hope to see you there soon!