Exploring Land Trusts and Hiking Trails

Since the 1970s, the state of Maine has been a leader in the land trust movement. With over 90 nonprofit land conservation organizations across the state, Maine has more land trusts per capita than any other state in the union. And with over 800,000 acres preserved, Maine land trusts have conserved more acreage than any other state with the exception of California. Protecting public and private lands has become a priority to Maine communities that want to prevent the growing rate of real estate development from destroying the pristine natural habitats that make the state truly special and unique.

Visitors come to Maine to get away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives, and it’s easy to understand why. The access to nature that land trusts provide and the breathtaking scenery of the Maine coast, make it nearly effortless for visitors to forget their cares and experience a simpler time. Midcoast Maine, marked by charming villages, scenic harbors and majestic woodlands, offers some of the most quintessential images of the state’s landscape. The historic town of Phippsburg, an 18-mile peninsula just a short distance from Bath, is located at the point where the Kennebec River meets the Atlantic Ocean. If you want to experience true Maine, this town should be at the top of your list.

Fortunately, the Phippsburg Land Trust owns 450 acres of land and has conservation easements on another 350 acres. Over 31 miles of hiking trails exist on this scenic peninsula, as well as other protected lands such as Popham Beach State Park and Morse Mountain. The most popular preserve in Phippsburg is the Center Pond Preserve, which has over 235 acres with five trails covering over 10 miles. Hikers on the preserve can see tall granite ledges and ravines, vernal pools, small streams, a beaver pond, old stone fences and stonewalls, as well as an abundance of wildflowers and native birds.

Other areas to visit for quick day hikes are the 46-acre Ridgewell Preserve, which offers a marsh and woodlands trail with unbeatable views of nearby Seguin Island, and Morse Mountain, which offers a relatively easy 2-mile climb with great views from the top including Sprague River, Sewall Beach and Seguin Island. The Sprague Pond Preserve, with its picturesque streams, waterfall and 10-acre spring-fed pond make it a must see for every visitor to the Midcoast Maine area.

Sebasco’s the perfect place to stay when traversing the Phippsburg trails!

If you’re looking for a Maine resort that is conveniently located to all that the Phippsburg area has to offer nature lovers, Sebasco Harbor Resort provides an abundance of amenities and affordable accommodation options. Located in the heart of Phippsburg on over 550 acres of stunning oceanfront landscape, you can’t find a better resort in Maine to stay at while exploring some of the state’s most breathtaking wilderness.

With a variety of nature hikes that are relatively short and easy walks, it’s easy to find something that is sure to suit the whole family. After your adventure, head back to the resort for a delicious meal at one of our two fabulous restaurants and then enjoy some authentic Maine style fun. Bowl a couple of strings on one of our vintage candlepin lanes, enjoy a game of ping pong or foosball in the Quarterdeck Recreation Center, or participate in a variety of family activities like campfire sing-a-long and cooking S’mores. The choice is yours and the options for fun Family Activities abound!

Sebasco Harbor Resort is widely known for being a family friendly Maine resort, and that’s because we offer something for all ages. Our resort, and the wilderness surrounding us, is the ideal setting for family bonding and creating lifelong memories. Come play and explore!