Wonder Brook Preserve

This 27-acre preserve is adjacent to the Kennebunk's 45-acre Wonder Brook Park. These parcels offer a wooded 3-mile hike close to the center of town with views of Wonder Brook and the Kennebunk River. Ideal for bird watching or quiet noontime stroll.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Hiking
Length
2.5 miles, Network
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Kennebunk
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

An outstanding tract comprised of one town-owned and two trust-owned properties totaling nearly 80 acres. The trail threads through upland forest and fern beds, and crosses a brook and streams leading to the banks of the Kennebunk River near the head of tides. This quiet preserve is a picturesque oasis. Pileated woodpecker, warblers, and other birds are abundant during migration.

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
  • No hunting allowed.
  • 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
6 Brown Street, Suite 2
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Phone: (207) 985-8734
info@kennebunklandtrust.org
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Trailhead Information

From US Route 1 in downtown Kennebunk, take ME Routes 35/9A east 0.5 miles and turn left onto Plummer Lane. Follow Plummer Lane to its end and turn right into the parking area. The trailhead leaves from here and an information kiosk provides additional information.

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benny21
August 19, 2022
8/19/22. All the above is all good insight. Lots of exposed tree roots, a few steep inclines. Trails are very narrow with more overgrowth then I prefer and a couple spots the trail was covered in debris. I like you can easily hop off the trail to let the dog go in the water (I had a 50 Ft leash) otherwise I would have had to go through thick muck to get to the rocks as the water was low. As you go deeper in the marking are not as clear, so you’re looking down to not trip over exposed roots and can easily go off track. At one point I came to there was no direction. Coming off the trail and trying to get to the parking lot was a nightmare. No clear direction as you feel you can only go left or right but you go left a little then straight. LET ME JUST SAY, I WOULDNT HAVE GOTTEN OUT UNTIL I SAW ANOTHER HIKER…WHO LITERALLY TOOK ME OUT. 1/10 of a mile to the parking lot and I couldn’t get there. 88 degrees out with a dog. That was scary. 1 hour and 27 minutes for the network.
hylander
January 02, 2020
Great trail for snowshoeing. The outer trails (white and red blazes) can take up to an hour to complete if you dont do the whole network. A great place to take your dog to burn off some energy, and the Kennebunk dog park is only half a mile away.
mountainscalling718
April 20, 2019
Some areas are not well maintained. Remember to stay between the markers and try to look ahead at future markers so you don't get caught in unmarked woods. :)
redskinnedeagle
July 22, 2014
Very quiet and serene. A very nice walk in the woods! Trails are a little narrow in places though. Can't walk side by side anywhere on the trail.
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