• Amanda Perkins

Top 5 Kid Friendly Hiking Trails in Southern Maine | Maine Hiking

Southern Maine is a beautiful place! People flock to this area to vacation every year, and for good reason. This area is rich in diverse hiking trails!

Living on the NH Seacoast we are very close to southern Maine. Maine has some fun kid friendly hikes that we love to explore every year.

Vaughan Woods

South Berwick, ME

Vaughan Woods State Park is located on the Salmon Falls River on the Maine/NH border. It is also the home of a restored mansion built in the late 1700s called The Hamilton House. Beautiful spot for photos! The trail is a 2 mile loop starting and ending from The Hamilton House or from the lot near the playground. Parking at The Hamilton House is free.

Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Wells, ME

There are several hiking trails here. My favorite trail is the one that leads to the ocean. We love to pack our kids swimsuits and spend a few hours at the beach before turning around and hiking back to the car. This is a 2 mile out and back hike that could support a jogging stroller. The reserve kindly asks to pay a fee for parking.

Highland Farm Preserve

York, ME

This is a hidden gem located in York, ME. There are several trails that you can take, the shortest one being a 1 mile loop. This is perfect for little explorers. There is a small elevation climb of 118 ft that is great for conditioning little hikers for some bigger climbs later.

Wiggly Bridge - Steedman Woods

York, ME

This is a fun quick hike for the kids! My kids love the "wiggly bridge" that is right at the beginning of the hike. This hike is a loop that is a little over 1 mile. Parking is on Lilac Ln which is always free.

Mount Agamenticus Big A Trail

York, ME

This trail starts on top of Mount Agamenticus! You drive up the mountain and park at the summit, so it begins with spectacular views. The "Big A" Trail is the 0.8 mile loop at the very top of the mountain. The fine gravel path is stroller friendly and there is a Mountain Lodge that has fun activities for kids to do. There are also many other trails that start from the "Big A". You can travel as far down and back up the mountain as you wish. Great for all ability levels.

More Resources:

5 Tips For Hiking With Kids

5 Beginner Kid Friendly Mountain Hikes in NH

NH Kid Friendly Hiking Trails

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