Rising above the coast of Cape Elizabeth, the rocky hills of the Robinson Woods Preserve contain over 145 acres of contiguous woodlands, fields and ponds, and offers over three miles of exceptional walking trails among centuries-old trees.
Due to its rocky, uneven terrain, much of the Robinson Woods Preserve was not suitable for farming and remained in its natural forested state for hundreds of years. The trails pass through massive white pine, red oak, and hemlock trees, some as many as 300 years old. Perennial streams and vernal pools meander through the forest floor where abundant wildflower and fern groves flourish. Deeper into the woods, the trails explore 12 acres of fields, 5 acres of ponds, and over 20 acres of significant wetland habitat for wading birds and inland waterfowl, providing pleasant walking and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The trails north of the parking area are rocky and rooty, while the trail to the pond is smoother with fewer tripping hazards. Past the pond, there are more roots.
Across from the Shore Road trailhead, visitors can access the shoreline of Pond Cove, part of the Robinson Woods property. This shoreline is special because of its freshwater outlet, attracting numerous waterfowl, combined with exceptional ocean views from its stone beach. As the site of some of the first settlements in Cape Elizabeth, Pond Cove is both historically and ecologically important.
Read about Enock's experience using a wheelchair on these trails in MTF Stories. Click here.
Please cherish and help care for this natural preserve, by limit trail use to daytime hours only, carry out all waste, and staying on marked trails.
Notice for dog owners, off-leash use is regulated on this property:
For additional information, visit the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust website, or contact:Cape Elizabeth Land Trust
The trailhead is located 1088 Shore Road. From the intersection with ME-77, follow Shore Road north for 1.3 miles to the trailhead on the left. From South Portland, head south on Cottage Road, which leaves Broadway and becomes Shore Road at the Cape Elizabeth Town line. From the town line it is 1.8 miles to the trailhead on the right.
Parking is available in a dirt lot next to the informational kiosk. Please do not park between the two stone pillars. Street parking is permitted in Cape Elizabeth unless otherwise posted.
The preserve can also be accessed from the north via the Stonegate Trails, or from the southwest via the Town Center Trail.
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