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First Day Hike at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

30 December 2015
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Date: January 1, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 426 Wolfe Neck Road, Freeport, Maine 04032
State Park: Wolfe's Neck Woods
Event Type: Nature Exploration, Special Event
Wolfe Neck Trail Park Map

Photo Credit: Donnie Shackleford. Courtesy of the Maine Office of Tourism

Join us for a leisurely 0.3 mile guided walk to enjoy 'Winter in the Woods' and learn how plants and animals survive the cold winter months. Wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear. Plan on one hour; no dogs please.

Meet at the picnic shelter by the second parking lot.

Contact Phone: (207) 865-4465
Website: http://www.maine.gov/wolfesneckwoods
Cost: Free park admission for hikers!

Related Document: Wolfe's Neck Woods - First Day Hike Flyer (PDF 203KB)

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park is a five minute drive from the center of Freeport's bustling shopping district, and as visitors approach the park, marshes and open fields provide a tranquil transformation back to nature. In 1969, this area of more than 200 acres was given to the State by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence M.C. Smith of Freeport. The park contains varied ecosystems, including climax white pine and hemlock forests, a salt marsh estuary, and the rocky shorelines on Casco Bays and the Harraseeket River.

The park's signature residents are the ospreys who nest on nearby Googins Island. An interpretive panel on the trail explains the life cycle of this magestic, graceful bird which summers on the island and makes its annual trek to South America each fall. Visitors who participate in a nature walk with the Park Naturalist can view the baby birds on their nest through a high-powered lenses and learn that these birds mate for life.

The popular Casco Bay Trail carries visitors along Maine's legendary coast to a point where the surrounding islands of Eagle, Counsin and others are described on an interpretive panel. After a discovering the trails, visitors can enjoy picnics under a canopy of oak trees or a group barbeque is possible at the park's new shelter area. Loon conservation license plates paid for the construction of this new facility and groups may rent the shelter for a day.

For a guided tour of the park's geologic highlights, see Bedrock Geology at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park.

Guided Nature Programs are offered in this beautiful natural setting. These one hour programs may include walks, short talks, and activities - weather permitting.

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