Saxl Park

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These paths loop through a large field with a small pond and contain several benches. It is a popular birding site, and connects Cascade Park on State St with a trail across Mt Hope Ave that leads through the Eastern Maine Community College campus.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Mountain-biking Cross-country-skiing Walking Hiking
2.60 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Gravel/Crushed Stone, Grass


This very pleasant trail system is a series of loops going through a large field with a small pond near the northern end. Some sections have stone dust surface, others are simply mowed paths. There are several benches for those who want to rest and enjoy the surroundings. Bobolinks nest in the field. The approximately 75 acres of undeveloped land along the western boundary provides habitat for birds and other wildlife that can be viewed from the park.

Trail Manager

For more information or contact:

Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center
PO Box 926
Bangor, Maine 04402-0926
Phone: (207) 941-4000
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Dispose of solid human waste in a cathole 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water, camp, or trails. Don't forget to cover it up when you're done!

Trailhead Information

This trail is accessible at three points: (1) the trail leading to the top of the hill at Cascade Park connects with the Saxl Park trail; (2) one can enter from the access road off Mount Hope Ave that leads to the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center and the other buildings in this state office building complex - keep to the right as you enter and look for the kiosk describing the trails; (3) there is an entrance off the access road from State Street to Dorothea Dix- look for the green Welcome to Saxl Park sign on the left about 350 yards from State Street.

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