Public Reserved Lands – Portland Area
Mackworth Island is a 100-acre island in the Presumpscot River, near Falmouth. The island features spectacular views of nearby Portland and Casco Bay. There is a 1 ¼-mile hiking trail that encircles the island, providing opportunities to see boats, ferries, seagulls, osprey, and shorebirds. This protected area is an easy way to escape the city to experience beautiful coastal scenery. The cost is free and the island is accessible year-round by taking Andrews Avenue off of Route 1. Call 207-624-6080 for more information.
Pineland Public Reserved Land
Pineland Public Reserved Land includes areas of New Gloucester, Gray, and North Yarmouth in southern Maine. This unit is 600 acres large and stretches across both sides of Route 231. In this area of Maine, the topography includes rolling hills, forests, and agricultural tracts. It is an excellent place for hikers, with frequent sightings of white-tail deer, red fox, red squirrel, ruffed grouse, woodcock, meadowlarks, wild turkey, and snowshoe hare. The land is open year-round and does not charge an entry fee; call 207-778-8231 for more information.