Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, Freeport

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Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park is a public recreation area located on Casco Bay on the southeastern side of Freeport, Maine. The state park occupies on a narrow peninsula, Wolfe's Neck, that runs between Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River. It includes white pine and hemlock forests, salt marsh estuary, and rocky shore. The park is managed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.HistoryWolfe's Neck takes its name from Henry and Rachel Woolfe, the area's first permanent European settlers who took up residence in 1733. During the 20th century, the land was the site of an organic beef-raising operation owned by Lawrence M.C. Smith and Eleanor Houston Smith. The state park was created when the Smiths donated a portion of their holdings to the state in 1969. The park opened to the public in 1972.Activities and amenitiesThe park offers hiking, birdwatching, picnicking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Park trails traverse both forested lands and rocky shoreline, offering views of the river and bay. Osprey can be observed nesting on Googins Island, which lies just off shore.
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  • What a wonderful contrast to the outlets that are just a few miles down the road. Pack a lunch, bring your dog & camera, and enjoy the fresh air and serene views.  more »
  • Gardens are lovely, campsites are nice and the animals are awesome. A good place to spend a day or a weekend.  more »
  • Beautiful small market that offers beautiful views for pictures but you will quickly, very easy level.
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  • Great hike. Build a fairy shack or dig for clams. Amazing views of the bay. Limited parking. Go early or be patient.
  • Really enjoyed our visit, and the cleats provided FOC were welcome for the snow. The ice flows on the sea at Casco bay were interesting. The forest was still and relaxing.
  • One of my favorite places in Maine. Hike along the ocean for beautiful views.
  • What a lovely park! Paths are well marked, there's a nice map available at the park entrance. Some of the paths had nice stone sections or bridges over small streams. Very pretty. The coastal trail leads to a gravel beach that had thousands of periwinkle shells. My toddler and I had a great time.
  • Another great place to bring your pooch on leash. Beautiful Maine coast.
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