The Shaker Woods Reserve Trail is an easy 2-mile round trip hike that passes by Hay Brook and the Middle branch of the Mousam River. The trail can also be used as a connector for people to combine a canoe trip on the Mousam River and Estes Lake with a hike on the Shaker Woods trail.
The trail starts off with a gentle slope to a pine forest with a boardwalk over swampy wetlands. The trail merges with an old skid road for a short distance which borders a nearby housing development and then enters a quiet forest. After a short walk, the trail reaches the start of the loop. Hikers can go in either direction. The left trail takes you to a canoe landing where canoeists can leave a canoe and hike the loop. The trail continues and provides several side walks that bring you to the Hay Brook. The loop continues and returns to the split. A short hike takes you back to the parking area.
The parking lot also serves a small public boat launch into Hay Brook. The launch is on Stone Road, 0.25 miles past the parking lot, on the left. No motor boats are permitted.
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Shaker Woods Reserve Trail is located in Alfred.
From the north, take Exit 32 on the turnpike in Biddeford and follow ME-111 west to Alfred, until it ends at the intersection of US-202 and ME-4. Make a left on ME-4 and drive approximately one mile. Turn left at Stone Road, follow Stone road for approximately one-half mile. Trailhead parking is on your left.
From the south and east, take Exit 19 on the turnpike, and turn right onto ME-109. Follow ME-109 for approximately 7 miles to Sanford. At the rotary/roundabout turn right to go north on ME-4, and follow for approximately 4 miles. Turn right onto Stone Road; the trailhead parking is a half-mile on your left.
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