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Shaker Woods Reserve

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. 
Trail Activity
2.00 miles, Round Trip
Dirt/Forest Floor


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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Visit Three Rivers Land Trust online for more information or contact:

Three Rivers Land Trust

Three Rivers Land Trust
P.O. Box 295
Alfred, ME 04002
Phone: (207) 324-3733
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Avoid unwanted animal guests: store your food and trash securely and keep your camp clean of crumbs and spills.
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Trailhead Information

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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June 16, 2024
This trail goes pretty close by the backyards of a housing development and a campground. Not so quiet and peaceful this time of year. Keep this in mind if you are looking for a trail that gives that “miles from civilization” feel.
May 01, 2022
Wood decking “bridges” are in decrepit condition. Watch your step!
September 11, 2021
Quiet and peaceful trail for an easy walk in the woods. Trail is a bit overgrown in a few spots and was quite muddy due to recent rains (had to slog through a couple of flooded areas) but it was manageable with waterproof shoes. Boardwalks provide assistance in some of the wettest areas, but watch your step as some boards have rotted out here and there.
December 22, 2019
Nice leisurely trail for an hour and a half snowshoeing. The trail is very well marked with blue blazes every 20-30ft and great maps/signs. The first 1/4 mile travels along the wooded edge of some people's backyards then you go into a quiet peaceful wood with a private pond. Perfect to take a dog on with multiple places for them to drink and swim.
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