Posts Tagged ‘Family Friendly’

Together Outdoors

Are you looking for ways to gather safely with family this Thanksgiving? Consider a walk or hike outdoors! (Remember to wear a mask and keep your distance.) Here are our recommendations for outdoor spaces that are suitable for all ages:

**NOTE: Hunting is allowed on all LELT lands. Please wear blaze orange when visiting LELT preserves & trails.**

1. Mayberry Hill Preserve, Casco 

Part of the Loop Trail at Mayberry Hill Preserve

A relatively flat, one-mile loop trail on the preserve features benches and rock walls. A great place for a stroll in the woods.

2. Peabody-Fitch Woods – South Bridgton

Loop trail at Peabody-Fitch Woods

Check out the new trail built to universal access standards at Peabody-Fitch Woods. Just half a mile, this trail is flat, gravel surfaced, and has benches along the way. Explore the grounds of Narramissic after you’re done. Head up the quarry trail for more of a challenge & a look back in time.

3. Bald Pate Mountain Preserve, South Bridgton

One of the views from the top of Bald Pate

An easy-moderate hike that rewards you with great views on the way up & at the top. Park in the main parking area off of Route 107, and head up the Bob Chase Scenic Loop to the summit.

4. Hacker’s Hill Preserve, Casco

Hacker’s Hill Preserve

Although the gate is closed for the season you are welcome to walk up (take your time, it’s steep!). This preserve features fields for kids to run around in, picnic tables, and amazing views. Pro-tip: bring a kite if it’s windy!

Note: limited parking available.

5. Raymond Community Forest, Raymond 

View from Pismire Bluff at Raymond Community Forest

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.

6. Pondicherry Park, Bridgton

A Boardwalk at Pondicherry Park

Easy walking trails in the heart of downtown Bridgton. Download Bridgton Historical Society’s App (search “Bridgton Historical Society” in your app store) 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!

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!