Madelyn Marx Preserve

This 24-acre parcel comprises coastal marsh and protects coastal bird habitat. The preserve provides excellent opportunities for salt marsh viewing.
Trail Activity
0.8 miles, One Way
Dirt/Forest Floor


Offering spectacular views of coastal salt marsh, this 24-acre preserve was named for founding Board member Emerita Madelyn Marx. With forested sections as well as thick low brush, this preserve provides considerable habitat to coastal birds as well as waterfowl. Herons and ducks can often be spotted here. The property is connected to the Sea Road Preserve via the Town-owned Bridle Path, and contiguous to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge property. The walking path is easy, yet sensitive, terrain.

Other Information

Kennebunk Land Trust (KLT) was established in 1972. Kennebunk Land Trust’s mission is to permanently conserve and steward land to benefit natural and human communities.  Since its inception, the Trust has worked to protect over 3,400 acres of land through ownership, conservation easement and partnership. To find out about volunteer opportunities with the Trust, please contact them using the information below.

Trail Etiquette – while enjoying the preserve, please help us protect their natural resources by keeping these things in mind:

  • Daylight Use Only
  • No Fires, Camping or Motorized Vehicles
  • Hunting: Please contact KLT for permission to hunt. Respect wildlife by hunting only in-season animals. Be considerate of others. Be aware of your “field of fire.” Do not shoot near developed areas, trails or roads. Follow all municipal, state and federal firearm and hunting regulations.
  • Carry in – Carry Out: Trails do not have trash cans or bathroom facilities. Please do not litter.
  • Dogs: Dogs are welcome on KLT properties. Responsible dog owners will please clean up and remove from premises all pet waste. Be respectful of other users, not all walkers are dog lovers. Be respectful of the environment. Pets who chase wildlife, or who jump up on or intimidate strangers are best left on leash.
  • Mountain Biking: Some KLT trails are appropriate for mountain biking. While allowed, we ask that you consider surface conditions before riding to prevent rutting and trail damage. Off-trail riding and unsafe riding will not be tolerated. Riders must be sensitive to other users.
  • Habitat: Many KLT trails pass through habitat for a variety of resident and migrating wildlife. Please be respectful.
  • Monitoring: KLT volunteers monitor and maintain the trails. Should you find downed trees, vandalism or inappropriate uses on any part of the preserves or trails, please contact the Trust.

Trail users should be prepared for inclement weather, wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and bring along water and snacks. Southern Maine does have deer ticks that carry Lyme disease; hikers should always perform “tick checks” on themselves and pets following a trip into the woods.

Trail Manager

Visit Kennebunk Land Trust online for more information or contact:

Kennebunk Land Trust

Kennebunk Land Trust
11 York Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Phone: (207) 985-8734
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Trail Tips

Leave What You Find
Avoid the introduction or transport of non-native species. Use local firewood from within 50 miles and clean, drain, and dry water equipment when moving between water bodies.
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Trailhead Information

Access is from ME Route 9 opposite from the pump station. Parking is available along the site of ME Route 9, 1.8 miles west of is junction with ME Routes 35/9A near Kennebunkport or from the west, just after crossing Mousam River.

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gary Janson
December 25, 2015
I went out here for a walk last weekend and didn't realize the trail runs on both sides of Western Ave. A good short walk with water views, I'm sure it's a great birdwatching site in the Summer.
Stephen Engle
October 13, 2015
Great side trip off of I-95 to stretch the legs, walk the dog, and enjoy fall views of the saltmarsh.
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