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Saco Heath Nature Preserve

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Wooden boardwalks thru a classic heath
Near:Saco, ME
Distance:2.13 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:3 ft
Hike Time:1 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: A lovely walk thru a classic heath. The trail is mostly boardwalk about 3 feet wide. There are several benches where one can sit. The boardwalk is old and starting to rot in places so some care should be taken.

There are many classic bog/heath plants. I have seen pitcher plants here but not recently.

This is an excellent hike for all ages. I imagine the bugs are thick in the spring. You can constantly hear the sounds of planes, trains and automobiles.

There are no restrooms. Dog and bikes are not allowed. A $2.00 donation is requested.

Trailhead: From Saco take route 112 west. When you cross the Maine turnpike (Route 95) set your odometer. The trailhead is 1.7 miles after you go over the turnpike. The trailhead is on the right and very hard to see from the road. (Lat:43.5412 Lon:-70.48176)
Trail Guides for Saco Heath Nature Preserve:
DeLormes Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
by DeLorme (DeLorme)

Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Unknown
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jon Willard, who has posted  54 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by KPMMBM on 1/13/2008
Winter is probably not the best time for this walk. Snowshoes would have been overkill except on some parts of the boardwalks.

Reviewed by Justin on 5/9/2007
it was ok, but It wasn't my faverat.

Reviewed by NJ Hikers on 10/26/2006
Though it was a bit wet and mucky (mid October), this was a wonderful experience for our family. Our 3 year old son had an awesome time trudging "around" the much (read: almost always straight through!) and on the boardwalk (he pointed out every new board as we came to them!). Another hiker was photographing pitcher plants and helped show us our first grouping after which we found many more along the way. I hope to be able to go back when the azaleas are blooming (though I bet the black flies would love to have us...) what an amazing area! Thanks for posting the hike!

Reviewed by MW on 1/12/2005

Reviewed by Deborah on 6/26/2004
Coming out of the forest and onto the heath is truly a magnificent moment. The heath is spare and yet lush, wind blown and yet protected and calm. It is a landscape not often seen and certainly one you won't forget anytime soon. We visited Saco Heath two years ago and plan to return this October while we are in Portland, ME.

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