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Gull Crest and Town Center Trails

This trail network at the heart of Cape Eliabeth connects the High School on Ocean House Road to the Public Works Garage and athletic fields off Spurwink Avenue and offers a large variety of landscapes including woods, wetlands, and open fields.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Mountain-biking Cross-country-skiing Walking Hiking
5.7 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Cape Elizabeth
Dirt/Forest Floor


This extensive network offers terrain with moderate grade changes, several bridges, and boardwalks while connecting Spurwink Avenue, Ocean House Road, and several residential neighborhoods. The trails pass through a variety of woodlands, wetlands, and open fields, and several trails near the Public Works Garage were specifically designed as Nordic ski trails and provide a great winter recreation experience.

The Town Center Trail is the trail connection between the High School with the core of the Gull Crest network. The trail follows the top of a sewer easement and is maintained as a grassy surface. The level and easy to follow trail provides plentiful views of the Spurwink Marsh and is mostly field with a sparsely wooded area.

The Scott Dyer Trail is predominately wetland meadow and acts to connect to trail system to residential areas on the northern side of the network. This section is seasonally wet.

The Willow Brook Trail provides a short loop away from the Town Center trail through property protected by the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. Scattered oak groves and long-abandoned crabapple and apple trees provide a quiet opportunity for meditation or bird-watching — pheasant, herons, owls, and hawks are often seen along this trail.

Trail Manager

Visit the Town of Cape Elizabeth or Cape Elizabeth Land Trust online for more information or contact:

Town of Cape Elizabeth

Town of Cape Elizabeth
PO Box 6260
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Phone: (207) 799-0115
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Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

Cape Elizabeth Land Trust
330 Ocean House Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Phone: (207) 767-6054
View website

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Trail Tips

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Keep wildlife wild: do not feed, follow, approach, or otherwise harass wild animals. Doing so may alter their natural behaviors.
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Trailhead Information

Gull Crest Trail: Entrances are located at the far end of the parking lot across from the Public Works Garage, end of the paved area past the Public Works Garage, the Spurwink River Pedestrian bridge and along the east side of 183 Fenway Road.

Town Center Trail: Access to the Town Center trail is available at the rear of the Cape Elizabeth High School off ME Route 77/Ocean House Road and immediately south of Starboard Drive.

Scott Dyer Trail: Access is from Scott Dyer Road and the internal road system of Village Crossings, where some parking is provided. This trail also connects to the Town Center Trail and toward the Spurwink River pedestrian bridge.

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