Location: Freeport, Maine
Webpage: Maine State Park
General Description: Located on a neck of land between Cosca Bay and Harraseeket River, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park is an opportunity to enjoy nature in 245 acres of forests, marshes, and seashore. Farmed by the Woolfe family since their ancestors settled on the land in 1733, the park has been allowed to return to a young forest since becoming a state park in 1972. The main draw to the park are the osprey nests on Goggins Island where a mating couple of ospreys have raise their young on the protected island the past several years. Activities include hiking, birdwatching, and picnicking during the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. There are five miles of walking trails with interpretive signs on most of the trails.
1) This was our first opportunity to explore the rocky shores of Maine, so our first hike was along White Pines and Cosca Bay Trails. This 1.25 mile round trip hike goes along the shore of Cosca Bay with opportunities at low tide to explore the tidal pools and watch the osprey feeding their young on Goggins Island.
2) We also hiked across the neck to the Harraseeket River along the trial of the same name. To get to this trail we hiked along the Hemlock Ridge Trail that stays up on the ridge that runs the length of the neck where there are examples of the drier forests of hemlock and pine. There are a couple of spectacular views out across the river, which has a sheer bank down to the river. In total the hike is just over 2 miles in length and passes through a number of forest types.