Walking and Biking Trails

In Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of biking and walking trails that showcase the area's natural beauty. From scenic coastal paths to tranquil wooded trails, there's something for everyone to explore.

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Welch Woods, Arundel:  Experience the tranquility of nature on a serene half-mile loop trail winding through a peaceful forest adorned with charming ferns. Traverse a quaint wooden bridge over a babbling brook, eventually arriving at a serene clearing along the picturesque Kennebunk River. Take respite on one of the benches thoughtfully crafted by the local Scout troop and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the tidal marsh and the river's soothing rhythm. It's an idyllic spot for a leisurely picnic and unwinding amidst nature's embrace. Convenient off-road parking is available just east of 227 River Road, Arundel.

Bridle Path, Kennebunk: Discover a gentle, flat dirt path stretching approximately two miles alongside the scenic Mousam River and its surrounding marshlands in Kennebunk. Perfect for beginners and families alike, this route offers a leisurely ride amidst picturesque natural landscapes. Convenient access is available by parking at Sea Road School on Sea Road. Enjoy a peaceful outing along this tranquil riverside trail.

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Franciscan Monastery, Kennebunk: Step through the stately stone gate of the Franciscan Monastery and be transported into the serene ambiance of an elegant English park. Adorned with sweeping lawns, charming gardens, and the awe-inspiring Our Lady of Lourdes grotto, as well as various statues and shrines, the grounds offer a tranquil retreat. While biking is prohibited on the Monastery grounds, visitors are invited to explore on foot along the paved path through the wooded areas, where additional statues and vistas of Kennebunkport across the Kennebunk River await. Each year, thousands flock to bask in the peace and expansiveness of these sacred grounds. Open from sunrise to sunset, all are welcome to visit the chapel, wander the grounds, or find solace for contemplation or prayer on one of the numerous benches scattered throughout.

Hope Woods: Nestled behind Hope Cemetery in Downtown Kennebunk, near the intersection of Summer Street and Main Street, lies Hope Woods. Here, visitors can delight in approximately 2 miles of clearly marked trails meandering through both open and wooded landscapes, alongside the picturesque Scotchman’s Brook. Renowned for its diverse bird population, Hope Woods offers a tranquil haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike. Access to the trails is available via multiple entry points: Barnard Lane within Hope Cemetery, Fletcher Street (opposite Mechanic Street), Wood Pond Lane (cul-de-sac entrance), or Woodhaven Drive (near the intersection with Longwood). Embark on a serene journey through this natural sanctuary, where beauty and biodiversity abound.

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Wonderbrook Park, Kennebunk: Explore a series of interconnected trails offering muddy, hilly, and technical loops for an exhilarating outdoor adventure. Despite their brevity, these trails promise excitement with bridge and log crossings along the way. For an optimal experience, consider pairing this off-road excursion with a road ride due to the trails' relatively short distance. Conveniently situated at 16 Plummer Lane, just off Summer Street, embark on your thrilling journey through rugged terrain and natural obstacles.

Picnic Rocks at Butler PreserveDiscover this hidden gem, spanning just 0.75 miles round trip, leading to the renowned Picnic Rock overlooking the scenic Kennebunk River. In bygone days, Picnic Rock served as a favored stop for river travelers to enjoy a leisurely meal. Today, people of all ages delight in this preserve, whether as a pause during a kayak journey or for a tranquil hike. Access the trail from Old Port Road near the intersection of Rivers Edge Drive. Please note that parking space is limited.

Kennebunk Land Trust: The Kennebunk Land Trust presents picturesque locations ideal for leisurely walks, invigorating hikes, and peaceful rides. As one of the longest-standing land trusts in southern Maine, it has safeguarded over 3,400 acres of diverse landscapes, encompassing forests, fields, and waterways. Notably, the Trust has dedicated 1,600 acres to the preservation of the scenic Kennebunk Plains. Additionally, it oversees more than 300 acres of conservation easements tailored to the needs of private landowners, further enhancing the region's natural beauty and ecological integrity.


Kennebunkport Conservation TrustThe Kennebunkport Conservation Trust offers an array of trails along Gravelly Brook Road, each with its own unique characteristics in terms of length, width, topography, and intended use. Whether you're seeking opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife observation or looking to engage in activities like hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing, you'll find trails suited to your interests. Embark on an adventure through the diverse landscapes and experience the natural beauty preserved by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.

Eastern Trail: The Eastern Trail, spanning 65 miles as part of the East Coast Greenway from Kittery to South Portland, offers two convenient entrances: one at Kennebunk Elementary School off Alewive Road, and another at Limerick Road in Arundel. Ideal for walking, cycling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, this approximately 10-foot-wide trail accommodates various outdoor activities. Additionally, it welcomes dogs, making it a versatile destination for both individuals and families seeking outdoor adventures.

Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll or an exhilarating bike ride, the biking and walking trails in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel provide the perfect opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors.

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