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Pleasant Hill Preserve

Pleasant Hill Preserve is a rare open space in one of Scarborough’s largest residential neighborhoods. Enjoy expansive views and great birding on the ADA Accessible trail, or wander a wooded loop past boulders, over boardwalks and through historic farm fields.
Trail Activity
Accessible Adventure Hiking Walking Snowshoeing
2.30 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Grass, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Permitted on leash


Pleasant Hill Preserve has a network of trails that can be combined for an adventure of about 2 miles. 

Eleanor’s Trail is a Universal Access/ADA Trail, designed to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers! The 0.25 mile path is made of crushed stone with a few gentle grade changes. A wetland overlook allows people to step off the trail and admire the headwaters of the Spurwink River. There is a bench at the trail terminus that allows people to rest while enjoying a view of old farm fields and the remaining metal barn. Prepare for 0.5 miles round trip.

Monty’s Trail is a 1.25-mile loop beginning and ending at the metal barn near the terminus of Eleanor's Trail. The trail includes mowed paths through the old farm fields, boardwalks over wetland areas, and some short sections with uneven footing. Exposed boulders, a hidden field, and the red oak overstory are a few of the sweet features of this trail.

The Northern Wildlife Loop circles 0.4 miles through the woods at the north end of the property, from Monty's Trail.

Swallow's Field is a 0.2-mile trail that cuts off the south end of Monty's Trail, through old farm fields.

Information about the history of the property, wildlife sightings, and a printable trail map can be found on the Scarborough Land Trust website.

Read about Enock's experience using a wheelchair on these trails in MTF Stories. Click here

Other Information

Bikes are not allowed at Pleasant Hill Preserve.

All dogs must be leashed on Eleanor’s Trail at all times, as the trail is designed for universal accessibility and dogs off leash could comprise this use. Please pack out all dog waste.

Trail Manager

Scarborough Land Trust

Scarborough Land Trust
7 Oak Hill Terrace, Suite 202 / Scarborough, ME 04074
PO Box 1237 / Scarborough, ME 04070
Phone: (207) 289-1199
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Trail Tips

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Trailhead Information

From I-295, take Exit 2 toward Scarborough/Old Orchard Beach. Continue about 1.6 miles, following signs for US-1. At the light, turn right onto Main Street/US-1 South. Continue for 0.6 miles, then turn left onto Pleasant Hill Road. In 2.4 miles, the trailhead is on the left.

From I-95, take Exit 45 toward the Maine Mall/Payne Road. Continue 0.6 miles, then merge onto the Maine Turnpike Approach. In 1.8 miles, take the US-1 South/ME-9 exit. At the light, turn right onto Main Street/US-1 South. Continue south for 0.6 miles, then turn left onto Pleasant Hill Road. In 2.4 miles, the trailhead is on the left.

Street address: 270 Pleasant Hill Rd, Scarborough.

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June 03, 2019
Great new(er) trail with a good mix of open and covered canopy. Easy to access, ample parking. Scarborough Land Trust does a great job creating and maintaining their trails.
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