Taking a break from our daily workouts at our Coastal Fitness gym in mid-April, Hannah and I drive down Route 91 in York towards South Berwick to the trailhead of the 151 acre Highland Farm Preserve.
Having passed this trailhead a million times, today is the day we lace up our hiking boots for the field crossing appetizer before we get to the entre – hilly forest trails. This preserve connects thousands of undeveloped acres between Mount Agamenticus and the York River.
For all you fans of Peter and his kindred cottontails, the York Land Trust is working to restore 30 acres of thickets to support the return of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit. The Town of York holds a conservation easement on this land that protects it from future development and guarantees public access.
Crossing the hayfield, we soon head up into the forested hillside.
On trails that are very well-marked and colored coded, we find a map at each juncture of the trail that shows hikers where they are and a full map of the entire preserve’s trails.
Different from the level trails of the shoreline here in York and Kittery that we’ve hiked over the last few days, we have some elevation gain on these rooted and stony trails – a good Dan and Hannah workout.
Overlooking the fields below through the trees that as yet have not leafed out, we have a mid-April Wednesday morning getaway pretty much to ourselves.
Over 70 minutes we cover 80% of all the trails at the Highland Farm Preserve. Just ten minutes from home, we have another hiking jewel in our crown of local trails to share with you when you come to southern Maine.
For you fans of Owen and Max: I’ve added five pictures from last weekend’s hike on Cutts Island that Hannah and I did with Owen and Max. Click here to see the Cutts Island blog updated. Scroll to the bottom of the blog for the new pix.