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The Great Free Outdoors
 Cape Elizabeth

Pocket Parks

No pocket parks known at this time. Know of any?

 

Parks, Trails & Woods

Broad Cove / Two Lights / Highlands Trail - This .9 mile trail off Two Lights Road has dense forest transitioning to woodland. Much of it is directly adjacent to wetlands including a few ponds.

Canterbury Trail - Wooded and hilly 1.1 mile trail features a boardwalk that crosses a wetland area. 

 

Cottage Brook Trails - Wooded .6 mile trail with wetland boardwalk crossings and moderate hills.

Cross Hill Trails - This 2.3 mile wooded trail network connects to Winnick Woods with a bridge crossing a wetland area.

Dyer Hutchinson Trail - Off Sawyer Road, a short .4 mile trail begins in a field and enters wooded and wetland areas. The trail connects to Winnick Woods and Cross Hill Trails to encompass 200 acres of wildlife preserves.

Gull Crest Trails - A 3.1 mile trail system connects to Town Center Trail and Great Pond Trail to make over 18 miles of multi-use trails which feature a wooded wetland environment with boardwalks and moderate slopes. Winter highlights include a maintained Nordic ski trail.

Hobstone Trail - A .75 mile loop winds through Hobstone Woods through 21 acres of dense spruce, fir and hemlock, over streams and past stone walls. 

Runaway Farm Trail - A 1.7 mile trail network winds through meadows and sparse woods to connect with trail systems in Pollack Brook Preserve and Gull Crest

Stonegate Trail - One mile trail across from Fort Williams entrance passes through wooded areas, streams and wetlands to connect to Robinson Woods.

Turkey Hill Farm - A historic farm and orchard restored back to a working farm features a half mile trail winding through 26 acres of fields and forests.

Whaleback Trail - A short, steep, wooded .3 mile trail includes a stream and wetlands.

By the Water 

 

Cross Town Trail - A scenic 8.2 mile trail across Cape Elizabeth features Ft. Williams at one end and Kettle Cove at the other, and passes through Robinson Woods, Spurwink Marsh, Gull Crest conservation lands and Great Pond

Dyer Woods - A wooded .6 mile trail featuring a small pond.

 

Fort Williams Park - A 90 acre park overlooking Casco Bay encompasses the Portland Head Lighthouse & museum, a children’s garden, picnic and grill areas, tennis and pickleball courts, recreation and athletic fields, beach areas, and a few historic military structures: Battery Keyes, Battery Blair, the mining casemate of Ship Cove, and Goddard Mansion.

Great Pond Preserve - This 29 acre preserve has walking and bike trails that wind around Great Pond and surrounding marshlands and forests. Residents use the pond for boating, fishing (pickerel and largemouth bass), and bird watching in summer. Ice skating and ice fishing are popular in winter. Main trail features a 700 foot boardwalk that follows the curve of the pond overlooking the water and marsh.

Great Pond Trails - A 1.5 mile trail system winding through fields, woodland and wetland marsh, featuring rock steps and a boardwalk overlooking Great Pond.

Pollack Brook Trail - This .6 mile trail connects to the Town Farm Trail and includes a pedestrian bridge across the Pollack Brook. The trail connects to the Riverside Cemetery gravel road network and a trail on the western end of the cemetery extends to the Spurwink River with an overlook.

Robinson Woods Preserve - Wooded and hilly 3 mile trail system off Shore Road containing 97 acres of old growth woodlands, fields, ponds, vernal pools and streams.

Spurwink / Town Farm Trail - This 1.5 mile trail begins at the edge of a field on Spurwink Ave, winds through a wooded area, and crosses over the Pollack Brook Pedestrian Bridge to a wetland area. Trail passes by a colonial burial ground and connects to the Pollack Brook Trail.

 

Town Center Trail - Behind Cape Elizabeth High School, a one mile grass trail features a bridge and boardwalk spanning Spurwink Marsh, as well as woodland and wetland trails.

Trundy Point - This tiny beach overlooking Casco Bay is a good place to spot seabirds and, on a clear day, five of the bay’s lighthouses by standing on top of its rock outcrop.

Willow Brook Trail - Although this .2 mile trail is short, it includes fields, good birding, and pretty views of Spurwink Marsh and River. Also connects to the Gull Crest trail and Town Farm trail systems to encompass more than 5 miles of trails.

Winnick Woods - This 71 acre parcel with 1.7 miles of trails, boardwalks, and bridges includes extensive woods, wetlands, a pond, and a meadow. See also Winnick Woods Trail which links up with three distinct trail systems.

Winnick Woods Trail - A 2.8 mile trail system winds over bridges and boardwalks through Winnick Woods, a 71 acre parcel featuring woodlands, wetlands, meadow, and a pond. Also connects with Cross Hill trails, Dyer Hutchinson trails, and (future plans to connect to) the Eastman Meadows trail.

 

Sports & Recreation

 

Fort Williams Park - A 90 acre park overlooking Casco Bay encompasses the Portland Head Lighthouse & museum, a children’s garden, picnic and grill areas, tennis and pickleball courts, recreation and athletic fields, beach areas, and a few historic military structures: Battery Keyes, Battery Blair, the mining casemate of Ship Cove, and Goddard Mansion.

Great Pond Preserve - This 29 acre preserve has walking and bike trails that wind around Great Pond and surrounding marshlands and forests. Residents use the pond for boating, fishing (pickerel and largemouth bass), and bird watching in summer. Ice skating and ice fishing are popular in winter. Main trail features a 700 foot boardwalk that follows the curve of the pond overlooking the water and marsh.

Pond Cove playground - Although primarily a children’s playground with extensive structures and living nature exhibits, a unique concrete ping pong table and foursquare court are located here. 

          Playgrounds

 

Pond Cove playground - Extensive structures and living nature exhibits include swings, slide, sandpit, teepee, fort, concrete ping pong table, raised bed gardens, and gazebo.

          Winter Recreation 

Great Pond Preserve - This 29 acre preserve has walking and bike trails that wind around Great Pond and surrounding marshlands and forests. Residents use the pond for boating, fishing (pickerel and largemouth bass), and bird watching in summer. Ice skating and ice fishing are popular in winter. Main trail features a 700 foot boardwalk that follows the curve of the pond overlooking the water and marsh.

Gull Crest Trails - A 3.1 mile trail system connects to Town Center Trail and Great Pond Trail to make over 18 miles of multi-use trails which feature a wooded wetland environment with boardwalks and moderate slopes. Winter highlights include a maintained Nordic ski trail.