Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

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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 Bay 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.

Location:
Four and a half miles from Route 1 in downtown Freeport, via Bow Street and Wolf Neck Road.

Operation Dates:
April – October, Fee Charged

Facilities:
233 acres; Dedicated to nature appreciation, the park provides interpretive signs on trails and guided programs for groups and the general public. Facilities include picnic tables with charcoal grills; wheelchair accessible parking, picnicking, bathrooms, and path; and five miles of hiking trails through the woods and along the shores of Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River.

Access Rating:
Good Access

Contact:
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park
426 Wolfe’s Neck Road
Freeport, ME 04032
Park season: (207) 865-4465
Off season: (207) 624-6080

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