Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

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Trailhead

From North or South: From I-295, take Exit 22  and turn east on Mallet Drive. Continue to the traffic light and turn right onto Main Street. In 0.2 miles, turn left onto Bow Street (across from L. L. Bean). Continue on Bow Street (becomes Flying Point Road) 2.3 miles following signs for Wolfe's Neck State Park. Turn right at Wolfe’s Neck Road and follow the road to the park entrance on left in 1.4 miles.

Description

As visitors approach the park, marshes and open fields provide a tranquil transformation back to nature. In 1969, this area of more than 200 acres was given to the State of Maine by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence M.C. Smith of Freeport. The park contains varied ecosystems, including climax forests of white pine and hemlock, a salt marsh estuary, and the rocky shorelines on Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River. 

The park's signature residents are the ospreys who nest on nearby Googins Island. An interpretive panel along the trail explains the life cycle of this majestic, graceful bird which summers on the island and makes its annual trek to South America each fall. Visitors who participate in a nature walk with the Park Naturalist can view the birds on their nest through a spotting scope.

The White Pine's Trail (0.5 miles) is an accessible, barrier free trail with a firm gravel base. It follows the shoreline of Casco Bay, crossing several bridges with benches and interpretative panels along the way. This trails' terminus is located near the osprey nest on Googins Island, which sits about 200 yards off the coastline of the park.  

The popular Casco Bay Trail (0.5 miles) carries visitors along Maine's legendary coast to a point where the surrounding islands including Eagle, Cousins, and others are described on an interpretive panel. After discovering the trails, visitors can enjoy a picnic at one of many picnic sites, explore the rocky shoreline of Casco Bay or enjoy a group barbecue at the park's shelter area, available for rent for the many groups that frequent the park. 

The longest trail in the park, the Harraseeket Trail at 1.5 miles, provides fantastic views along Casco Bay and also views of the Harrasseket River. This trail is the most challenging trail and meanders through many interesting areas of the park. Users will cross a roadway twice; please use caution looking for cars when crossing this road.

The North Loop Trail (0.5 miles) is a  peaceful, easy walk that includes views of the nearby farm fields of Wolfe Neck Farm and a salt marsh along the shore. The park has several smaller trails throughout the park, many with interpretive panels explaining the many ecosystems and rich history of the park.

Other Information

Guided Nature Programs are offered throughout the year in this beautiful natural setting. These one hour programs may include walks, short talks, and activities and are free with paid admission to all visitors. An updated program schedule is available on the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands website or at the Park.

Visitors are asked to stay well clear of the osprey nest on Googins Island when the birds are nesting. As with many coastal parks, please bring warmer clothes as the cool ocean breezes often chill the unprepared visitor.

Trail Manager

Visit the Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park webpage for more information and a printable trail map, or contact:

Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands
Park Manager
426 Wolf Neck Rd.,
Freeport, ME 04032
Phone: (207) 865-4465

Comments (2) Add Comment

avatar EllaMinnowPea7June 20, 2011, 8:41 am EST

Well developed trails w/ small bridge structures & steps throughout. Clearly marked paths. Picnic in the shade in the grassy green field, or snag a secluded picnic table deeper in the woods. Fisherman like to grab space on the cliffs at high tide... so go early to snag a prime spot for the afternoon. At high tide, there is very little room to sit on the few rocky "beaches" -- my only complaint. Would like better access to the water throughout, otherwise, a great park for short wooded hikes.

avatar ZattiJune 22, 2013, 5:29 pm EST

What a great find. Watched an Osprey catch fish & feed it to her young. Went from enjoying the ocean & island views in Casco Bay, to thick forests trails, and then to a great walk along the steep & rocky banks of the Harraseeket River. Very peaceful walk - only encountered a dozen or so folks on the Harraseeket Trail. I'll go back!

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Exploring the rocky shore.
Exploring the rocky shore.
Photo courtesy:Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, open year round, is a ten minute drive from Freeport's bustling shopping district and provides a tranquil setting of trails surrounded by the rocky shorelines of Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River.

Quick Facts

Activity
  • Hiking / Walking
  • Snowshoeing
TownFreeport
DifficultyEasy, Moderate
Length4.4 miles, Network
SurfaceGravel, Crushed Stone, Dirt/Forest Floor, Rocks/Ledge, Packed Snow
PetsPermitted
FeesYes
Other ActivitiesNone

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