Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park
It might not be hidden to some of you, but I grew up in Maine and never heard of Wolfe’s Neck Park. As a born and raised resident of North Yarmouth, I spent most of my time outside of Bradbury State Park or walking around the Mackworth Island Loop.
Mackworth has my heart, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes you need a change of scenery.
I believe it was good old Google that brought me to Wolfe’s Neck.
The state park is just five minutes from bustling downtown Freeport. In the middle of the shopping district, you would have no idea of the natural beauty of the coast that awaits you a short drive away, except for the salty breeze that occasionally blows as you walk down the street.
Wolf Neck Trails and Water Access
When I first pulled into the parking lot, I saw tiny signs directing visitors to various trails dotted around the woods. I grabbed my backpack full of newspapers, water, and snacks and started randomly walking the nearest trail.
It was a nice walk through the trees with patches of sunshine, happy dogs rushing around with their owners, and fun natural steps made of rocks or fallen trees. I felt dizzy as I walked around, unsure of what was going to happen around every corner.
To my pleasant surprise, I found the coast! I walked for hours on the various trails and many of them had beautiful water views, rock ledges to sit by the sea, and even direct access to the ocean.
I ended my jaunt with a satisfying icy dip in the ocean. I first jumped off the rocks on one of the trails, spent some time wading through the water, then found a small piece of beach that I had to climb over the rocks once the tide had receded a little.
Days spent outdoors, taking a walk or being by the ocean are food for the soul. I’ve been there several times since and I’m counting the days until the weather permits another trip like this! If you haven’t been, you should definitely check it out this summer.
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