5 Family-Friendly Hikes for Summer

School’s out for Summer! The sun is shining (most of the time) and the bugs are (almost) gone- it’s a great time to get outside and enjoy nature with the whole family. Research shows time and time again that spending time outside increases attention span, promotes social skills, reduces stress, and just makes you feel good! Sometimes finding the right place to go with the little ones in your life can be tough. Check out our suggestions below, and as always contact us if you have questions.

Part of the Loop Trail at Mayberry Hill Preserve

1.Mayberry Hill Preserve, Casco – A relatively flat, one-mile loop trail on the preserve features benches and rock walls. Easy for kids, dog-friendly!

One of the views from the top of Bald Pate

2. Bald Pate Mountain Preserve, South Bridgton – An easy-moderate hike that rewards you with great views on the way up. Park in the main parking area off of Route 107, and head up the Bob Chase Scenic Loop to the summit. Bring your dog and a picnic!

Hacker’s Hill Preserve

3. Hacker’s Hill Preserve, Casco – Well, this isn’t so much of a hike because you can drive to the top! Yeah, you heard right- no complaining about tired legs. M, W, F, Sat & Sun the gate to the hill is open and you can drive your car right to the summit. This preserve features fields for kids to run around in, picnic tables, and amazing views. Pro-tip: bring a kite if it’s windy!

View from Pismire Bluff at Raymond Community Forest

4. Raymond Community Forest, Raymond – The Spiller Homestead Loop at RCF offers interpretive signs that will teach you about what you’re seeing in the woods as you walk. Looking for a challenge? Head up the Pismire Bluff Trail for great views of Crescent Lake.

A Boardwalk at Pondicherry Park

5. Pondicherry Park, Bridgton – Easy walking trails in the heart of downtown Bridgton. Download Bridgton Historical Society’s App and take a walk through history as you explore the park. Or, just explore on your own and see how many different kinds of trees you can find!

Happy trails!

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