(Greenbelt) Length: Approximately 1.5 miles.
Description: The Stonegate Trail system provides excellent year-round recreational opportunities on well-marked trails. Bordering extensive wetlands through mixed forest, this parcel is great for cross country skiing, bird watching and hiking. The trail includes several bridged stream crossings improved by the Conservation Commission in 2004. Mild to moderate grade changes.
Access: Access the Stonegate trails at five different locations. From Shore Road, access is located across from Fort Williams Park, south of the old Fort Williams entrance and on top of the hill. The Dyer Pond Road access is at the end of Dyer Pond Road. From Locksley Road, access is just north of the intersection of Old Fort Road and Locksley Road. On the south side of Rock Crest Drive, the entrance is 1,000' from the intersection of Quartz Knob Road and Rock Crest Drive.
(CELT trail) Length .75 miles.
Description: Hobstone contains a beautiful stretch of woodland vernal pools and streams thickly forested with spruce, fir and hemlock. The Hobstone trails meander through dense forest past many rock outcrops, over streams and along old stone walls. One trail leads to a scenic overlook before returning to the parking area. Smaller loops off the main trail offer more walking and exploring. Hobstone offers a peaceful quiet retreat. Trailmark "A" leads to a large loop trail with two smaller connecting loops on the western and northern sides.
Originally planned as the third phase of condominiums at Hobstone, this 21-acre property was ultimately purchased by the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, Hobstone residents and the Town of Cape Elizabeth in 1997.
Access: Parking is available adjacent to trailhead at the intersection of Hobstone Drive and Merrimac Place in the Hobstone development off Mitchell Road.
(Town trail) Length: 1 mile
Description: Mostly dense scrub growth, wetland and woodland. Much of trail is directly adjacent to wetlands, including a few ponds. The entire trail has gentle inclines. A newly constructed trail now leads from the Highland trail across boardwalk to a small pond to the west.
Access: One entrance to the Highlands Trail is located at the end of Pine Ridge Road and another is along Two Lights Road.
GREAT POND TRAIL
(CELT and Greenbelt Trails) Length: 0.7 miles
Description: Great Pond represents the largest fresh water body in Cape Elizabeth. Accessible only by trails, Great Pond provides exceptional walking trails to an undeveloped pond inhabited by abundant wildlife and wild strawberries only minutes from Route 77. The Great Pond trail provides a varied walking experience through fields, woodland and wetland marsh, and includes an overlook of Great Pond. Great Pond itself is home to pickerel and large mouth bass and is locally populated by canoeists in the summer and ice skaters and skiers in the winter. Over the past several years faculty and students of Southern Maine Community College have been stocking the pond with alewives in hopes that they can recreate the historic runs of times past. The marshlands and forests surrounding Great Pond provide excellent wildlife habitat for wading birds, ducks, geese, deer and the occasional moose.
Access: Parking is available at the Kettle Cove Dairy (only those spots fronting Rte. 77) and on Fenway Road (off of Fowler Road). Please note that both trails continue onto private property; the public access trails do not connect.
RUNAWAY FARM TRAIL
(CELT trail) Length: 0.4 miles
Description: The trail winds through forested wetland with moderate grade changes. While depicted as a self-contained loop trail, portions of the trail are often impassable and poorly marked. This 19-acre property, however, is home to many wildflowers and ferns among mixed forest.
Access: The entrance to the Runaway Farm Trail is marked with Land Trust signs and located between two driveways on the south side of Spurwink Avenue approximately 500 feet from Route 77 and the Spurwink Church. Parking is allowed at the Spurwink Church cemetery or 1/2 mile away at the Grange Hall on the corner of Bowery Beach Road and Charles E Jordan Road.
(Greenbelt Trail) Length: 1.2 miles
Description: Once home to the Poor Farm for indigent families this town owned property offers spectacular panoramic views of the Spurwink Marsh from the open fields filled with wildflowers. A wooded trail begins at the far (southern) corner of the field and passes through an old grove of apple trees and raspberry bushes and continues past a late 19th century cemetery before ending at the Spurwink Church. This property offers an exceptional opportunity to view migrating waterfowl as well as hawks, herons and egrets along the marsh edge. Walkers can regularly see the colorful antics of the bobolink whose distinctive flight pattern and voice are often seen and heard along the marsh alongside the many bluebirds nesting in field boxes. Evening and early morning visitors may spot the occasional deer, moose, coyote or fox in the fields. 150 Acres--Town Owned, Protected by 50-year Conservation Easement held by the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust.
Access: Parking for the Spurwink Trail is directly across from the water treatment plant on Spurwink Avenue or at the pump station also on the west side of Spurwink Ave.
GULL CREST TRAIL
(Town trail) Length: 0.8 miles
Description: The Gull Crest trails are undergoing a major renovation by the town with new trails being added, and new boardwalks placed across wet areas. A new bridge and boardwalks have been built across the Spurwink Marsh to connect these trails to the Town Center trail. Many of the trails border fields and wooded wetland. This multiple use area provides excellent year round recreation on well marked trails.
Access: The Gull Crest Trails are located behind the playing fields off of Spurwink Ave. past the transfer station adjacent to the playing fields. Entrances are located at the far end of the parking lot across from the Public Works Garage.
TOWN CENTER TRAIL
(CELT and Greenbelt) Length: 0.8miles
Description: This level and easy to follow trail provides wonderful views of the Spurwink Marsh through open fields with scattered oak groves and long abandoned crabapple and apple trees. Pheasant, herons, owls and hawks are often seen along this trail. A recently constructed bridge now connects this property with the town-owned Gull Crest trail system. In the spring of 2004, the entire 8th grade class chipped in to complete the new Willow Brook trail providing a pleasant half-mile loop off the Town Center Trail.
Access: Access the Town Center trail from behind the Cape Elizabeth High School to the south of the field hockey fields or immediately south of Starboard Drive on Spurwink Avenue.
CROSS HILL TRAILS
(Town trails) Length: 2.3 miles
Description: Trails are predominantly wooded with both moderate and steep slopes, with at least one bridge crossing a wetland area. Transferred to town ownership and protected by a CELT easement, Cross Hill provides excellent year-round recreation and habitat protection for residents of Cross Hill and visitors.
Access: Multiple entrances to the Cross Hill network include Wells Road, Cross Hill Road, Apple Tree Lane and the end of Hawthorne Road.
(Cape Elizabeth Land Trust trail) Length: 0.8miles
Description: The trail begins in a wooded and wetland area and passes through mature forest on a moderate grade. A side trail leads to a single vernal pool providing breeding habitat for spotted salamanders and wood frogs. This trail intersects with both the town-owned Winnick Woods to the east and to the greenbelt trail system in Cross Hill to the south. Collectively these three parcels preserve nearly 200 acres of open space and public access trails. Popular with local mountain bike riders, this property contains many technical side trails not suited for walking. Please follow the white blazed trail.
Privately owned and protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement held by the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust.
This property is privately owned and managed for agricultural and conservation purposes. Tree farming and harvesting coexists on this working forest with the right for public access and use. The Dyer-Hutchinson homestead represents the oldest dwelling in Cape Elizabeth and is registered with the historic preservation society. The farmhouse and outbuildings-although scenic-are off limits to visitors. Please respect the landowner's privacy
Access: A small parking area at the trailhead is located 3/10 of a mile south of Fickett Street on the east side of Sawyer Road across from mailbox #1147.
(Cape Elizabeth Land Trust trails) Length: 3 miles
View the new Robinson Woods Self-Guided Tour!
Description: Robinson Woods provides a glimpse at what Cape Elizabeth looked like when the first settlers arrived in southern Maine. Due to its rocky uneven terrain, this parcel was not suitable for farming, and much of the land has remained in a natural state for hundreds of years. Sheltering some 300-year old trees, Robinson Woods provides the opportunity to walk among impressive white pine, red oak and hemlock stands. Abundant wildflowers and ferns cover the ground along a well maintained 1.4 mile loop trail. Interpretive signs offer insight to the animal, avian, and amphibian residents of this woodland ecosystem. Trails are generally rustic and uneven though clearly marked and maintained. Signage has been placed at intersections and property lines. White blazes are painted on trees and rocks on most trails. Town Greenbelt signs are also posted at various locations where the trails overlap. An informational kiosk with trail maps is clearly visible at the trailhead and offers more detailed information. Possum, porcupine, deer, fisher, great horned owl and pilleated woodpeckers reside within Robinson Woods.
The Robinson Woods property also includes 2 acres of oceanfront across from the parking area on Shore Rd. One unique feature of this parcel is the fresh water that flows into Pond Cove. This fresh water enables more vegetation to survive along the shoreline providing forage for many ducks. Each June eider ducks collectively rear their young in the protected waters only a few feet from shore.
Access: Access points: Shore Road opposite Lawson Road, Dyer Pond Road, Rock Crest Drive in Stonegate. This 80-acre mature growth woodland extends north and west from this intersection and does not include the large field and ponds on the south side of the dirt road owned by Robinson LLC.
Robinson Woods is entirely owned by the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. CELT completed its purchase of the property in December of 2003 with the generous support of the Town of Cape Elizabeth and many local residents. CELT also received grants from the Casco Bay Estuary Project, the Davis Foundation, the P.W. Sprague Foundation and the Land For Maine's Future Program.
Pack it in-Pack it out: These trails are provided for public recreation and do not have trash cans or bathroom facilities.
Please do not litter.
Walking the dog: Dogs are welcome on all listed properties except as restricted on State Park Lands. Responsible dog owners will please clean up and remove from premises all pet waste.
Be respectful of other users, not all walkers are dog lovers. Be respectful of the environment. Pets who chase wildlife, or who jump up on, or intimidate strangers are best left on leash.
Biking: Cape Elizabeth offers several excellent day trips for bikers past farms and along the coast. Road bikers should be aware that Shore Rd. – though scenic- has a VERY narrow shoulder and riders should take extra caution, especially with children.
Mountain Bikes: While allowed on many town and CELT trails, riders need to be sensitive to other users. Off-trail riding and unsafe or out-of control riding will not be tolerated. Please respect posted signs indicating trails that are off-limits to mountain bikes.
Trail Monitoring: CELT relies upon local volunteers to keep our trails in good shape. Should you find downed trees blocking trails, vandalism or inappropriate uses of any of these trails or properties please contact us.
Sensitive Habitat: Many of these trails pass through habitat for a wide variety of resident and migrating wildlife. Please respect wildlife habitat. Please stay on the trail.
Cape Elizabeth is home to a great variety of coastal, marine, and woodland inhabitants. Protected open space and farmland in Cape Elizabeth provide critical breeding and nesting sights for native birds, plants and animals. Please take only photographs, and leave only footprints.
Although most trails are well marked, always be prepared for inclement weather. Wearing appropriate shoes, warm clothing and bringing along snacks and water will ensure you enjoy your outing. Southern Maine does have deer ticks that carry Lyme disease; hikers should always perform tick checks on themselves and pets after hiking. Visitors to the coastal areas should take caution along the rocky shoreline, paying close attention to incoming tides, slippery rocks and rogue waves.