Even though it is great beach weather, there are plenty of excellent ways to enjoy the outdoors in the Kennebunkport area that don’t involve the surf and the sand. One of the best ways to get outside and stretch your legs is with the miles and miles of walking trails in the area. From woodsy walks that some would call hikes to leisurely strolls along the coast, there are countless options for walking routes in the area, and many can actually be enjoyed all year long!
Just a block from the Maine Stay Inn is a stretch that runs out to the Bush Estate called Parson’s Walk. Not to be
confused with Parson’s Beach, Parson’s Way Walk stretches about 2.5 miles from Dock Square to Walker’s Point. You’ll pass Colony Beach, Spouting Rock and Blowing Cave, as well as St. Ann’s Church on your way out to the Bush Family Compound. The views are gorgeous and you are guaranteed to have Instagram-worthy shots to share.
To avoid any hint of road noise, you could check out the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust properties with miles and miles of trails. Some area also open in the winter for cross country skiing, but at this time of year, the loops at Gravelly Brook Preserve are really serene. I am also partial to the Emmons Preserve, not too far from Goose Rocks Beach. Head over to Kennebunk, where the Kennebunk Land Trust also protects multiple tracts of land with many miles of trails. The Secret Garden is a little over a miles from the Maine Stay, and is a mile and a half loop. It’s hidden behind the Evergreen Cemetery and truly is a secret garden – though one full of woodland creatures and a huge variety of shade plants.
Venture slightly farther afield to Mount Agamenticus in York – in the early morning or the quieter season, it is a short drive, but it can be a little longer during the peak of summer. That said, an easy hike that leads to you to the summit where you can enjoy views of the Atlantic in the East and the White Mountains to the West. On a clear day like today, you can see all the way to Mount Washington! Don’t worry, the hiking isn’t too strenuous, although there are some tougher trails to take if you wish, so you can definitely “nature walk” your way to the top.
At risk of sounding like broken record, Laudholm Farm at the Wells Reserve is a great spot for nature walks. With routes that wind their way through the woods, some that traverse former fields of the farm, or paths that meander through the wetlands and along the shores of the estuaries, there are more routes than you could enjoy in any given day. The Beach Path is probably the most frequently used, especially in the winter, and brings you to a quiet stretch of the shore – this might be my favorite, but all of the options are truly beautiful. But if you are looking for a short walk, the mile long loop at the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge is also lovely and right on the way from the inn to Laudholm Farm. There are nearly limitless options for places to enjoy a walk in the great outdoors of Kennebunkport Maine, and we hope you take a change to enjoy some of the splendor of the Southern Maine Coast.