4/11/18 – Our Trails are Wet! Please, No Biking!
It’s pretty wet out there, and more snow/rain is coming, so like the Town of Cape Elizabeth greenbelt trails, CELT trails are currently closed to all but pedestrians. Once conditions dry out, trails will be reopened. Please respect this effort to preserve the trail surface during wet conditions and check this website for updates of when the trails reopen.
Cape Elizabeth Town and Trail Map
Click on map to enlarge. Print copies available at CELT office 330 Ocean House Rd. Cape Elizabeth.
In collaboration with the Town of Cape Elizabeth, this map represents all public access trails in Cape Elizabeth. Please note that some trails may have been modified and are shown for illustrative purposes only. Within these 9,000 +/- acres you will find a remarkable variety of natural habitats including tidal saltwater marshes, old-growth forest, bold ocean promontories, sandy beaches, dense coniferous woods and open fields. Collectively these trails provide reliable public access and varied outdoor pursuits in balance with important and sensitive natural habitats. Please respect other users, neighbors and please honor signage indicating any restrictions to use. All CELT trails are daylight use only. We do not allow camping or foraging on our properties.
Click on map below to visit our NEW interactive property map for a quick overview of many of our properties or our trails map for more detail.
Robinson Woods I & II (CELT Owned)
Length: 3.0 miles
Now comprising over 145 acres of contiguous woodlands, fields and ponds, the Robinson Woods parcels provide exceptional walking trails amongst centuries-old trees. Expanded by 63.6 acres in 2012, the Robinson Woods I & II parcels complement one another by providing varied habitat for a wide array of resident and migratory birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
Due to its rocky uneven terrain, the 79-acre Robinson Woods I parcel was not suitable for farming, and much of the land remained in its natural state for hundreds of years. Walkers will marvel at the massive white pine, red oak and hemlock trees in Robinson Woods — some as old as 300 years. Perennial streams and vernal pools meander through the forest floor where abundant wildflower and fern groves flourish.
The adjoining 63.6 Robinson Woods II parcel offers a more open experience, in contrast to its neighbor’s deep woods. The twelve acres of fields, five acres of ponds and over twenty acres of significant wetland habitat for wading birds and inland waterfowl provide pleasant walking and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.
A third parcel preserved along with the original Robinson Woods is the 2-acre Pond Cove parcel, providing exceptional ocean views from its stone beach. As the site of some of the first settlements in Cape Elizabeth, Pond Cove is both a historically and ecologically important parcel.
Collectively, these two parcels provide over 3-miles of well-maintained trails available year-round for public use, and provide a vital connection along the Cross Town Trail, linking Fort Williams to Kettle Cove. Parking is available along Shore Road at the CELT kiosk.
NOTICE FOR DOG OWNERS: Off-Leash use is regulated on this property. Dogs are allowed off-leash at Robinson Woods II Pond Trail before 10am daily. Dogs are allowed off-leash at Robinson Woods I after 4pm daily (3pm daily during standard time – 11/5/16 – 3/11/17). Dog waste bags are available at the kiosk at Shore Rd. Please clean up after your dog. Please do not allow dogs to swim in ponds or streams. Maps and full use guidelines can be found here.
Hobstone Woods 21 Acres (CELT Owned)
Trail: 0.75 miles
Hobstone contains a beautiful stretch of woodland vernal pools and streams thickly forested with spruce, fir and hemlock. The Hobstone trails meander through dense forest past many rock outcrops; over streams and along old stonewalls. One trail leads to a scenic overlook before returning to the parking area. Smaller loops off the main trail offer more walking and exploring. Originally planned as the third phase of condominiums at Hobstone this 21-acre property was ultimately purchased by the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, Hobstone residents and the Town of Cape Elizabeth in 1997.
Parking is available adjacent to trailhead at the intersection of Hobstone Drive and Merrimac Place in the Hobstone Development off Mitchell Road.
Trundy Point 7 Acres (CELT Owned)
Trundy Point provides expansive views of Casco Bay including (on a clear day) the opportunity to view five lighthouses from atop this rock outcrop. Alongside Trundy Point this property also features a sheltered pocket beach ideally situated for picnicking and swimming.
Click here for interactive trail map
View historic aerial photo of Shore Acres
View PDF map of property
Access: Access is available off Reef Road in the Shore Acres neighborhood. Limited parking is allowed on Reef Road and cars must not block driveways, mailboxes, or park on blind corners.
Great Pond Trail 5+ Acres (CELT and Greenbelt Trails)
Length: 0.7 miles
Great Pond represents the largest fresh water body in Cape Elizabeth. Accessible only by trails, Great Pond provides exceptional walking trails along this undeveloped pond inhabited by abundant wildlife and wildflowers only a short walk from Route 77. The Great Pond Trail has undergone significant improvement in the past several years including acquisition of trail rights connecting the Route 77 entrance to the trailhead on Fowler Road. The Town of Cape Elizabeth has also recently funded the creation of an elevated boardwalk south of Alewife Brook, and the creation of a canoe rack (town permit required) near the boat launch site. Great Pond itself is home to pickerel and large mouth bass and is locally populated by canoeists in the summer and ice skaters and skiers in the winter. The marshlands and forests surrounding Great Pond provide excellent wildlife habitat for wading birds, ducks, geese, deer and the occasional moose.
Access: Parking is available at the Kettle Cove Dairy (only those spots fronting Rte. 77) and on Fenway Rd.
Stonegate Trail 86 Acres (Town Owned)
Trail: Approximately 1.5 miles
The Stonegate Trail system provides excellent year-round recreational opportunities on well-marked trails. Bordering extensive wetlands through mixed forest this parcel is great for cross country skiing, bird watching, and hiking. The trail includes several bridged stream crossings improved by the conservation commission and local volunteers.
Access the Stonegate trails at several different locations. From Shore Road, access is located across from Fort Williams Park, south of the old Fort Williams entrance and on top of the hill. The Dyer Pond Road access is at the end of Dyer Pond Road. From Locksley Road, access is just north of the intersection of Old Fort Road and Locksley Road. On the south side of Rock Crest Drive, the entrance is 1,000 feet from the intersection of Quartz Knob Road and Rock Crest Drive.
Dyer-Hutchinson/Winnick Woods and Cross Hill (CELT/Town owned)
Length: 4+ miles
Comprising nearly 200 acres these three complementary preserves provide extensive four-season exploration on foot, by mountain bike, or by ski or snowshoe. Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities abound throughout the varied terrain and land types found on these three properties.
Dyer-Hutchinson provides excellent walking trails across this 49-acre parcel. Portions of the property are managed for sustainable forestry and as a commercial cut-your-own Christmas tree farm. Cross-Hill and Winnick Woods provide rambling trails through open scrub and densely forested woods across varied terrain.
Access: Parking is available on the sides of Sawyer Road next to and across from mailbox #1147; there is another small parking area and trailhead for Winnick Woods available on Sawyer Rd near Eastman Road. Cross Hill has no dedicated central trailhead or parking but access is available throughout the neighborhood at the Greenbelt trail signs.
Town Center Trail (CELT and Town Owned)
This level and easy to follow trail provides wonderful views of the Spurwink Marsh through open fields with scattered oak groves and long abandoned crabapple and apple trees. Pheasant, herons, owls and hawks are often seen along this trail. This trail also leads to the Spurwink Bridge across the Spurwink Marsh. This trail also serves as an integral connection to the Gull Crest trail system, Willow Brook Trail and the Town Farm trail system.
Access the Town Center trail from behind the Cape Elizabeth High School beyond the turf field or immediately south of Starboard Drive off Spurwink Avenue.
Runaway Farm Trail (CELT Owned)
Trail: 0.4 miles
The trail winds through forested wetland, with moderate grade changes. This self-contained property can be difficult to negotiate when wet but the 19 acres are home to many wildflowers, and ferns amongst mixed forest.
Access: The entrance to the Runaway Farm Trail is marked with Land Trust signs and located between two driveways on the south side of Spurwink Avenue approximately 500 feet from Route 77. Parking is allowed at the Spurwink Cemetery.
Spurwink Trail/ Town Farm 150 Acres (Town Owned/CELT Easement
Trail: 1.2 miles
Once home to the Poor Farm for indigent families this town-owned property offers spectacular panoramic views of the Spurwink Marsh from the open fields filled with wildflowers. A wooded trail begins at the far (southern) corner of the field and passes through an old grove of apple trees and raspberry bushes and continues past a late 19th century cemetery before ending at the Spurwink Church. This property offers an exceptional opportunity to view migrating waterfowl as well as hawks, herons and egrets along the marsh edge. Walkers can regularly see the colorful antics of the Bobolink whose distinctive flight pattern and voice are often seen and heard along the marsh, alongside the many bluebirds and swallows nesting in field boxes. Evening and early morning visitors may spot the occasional deer, moose, coyote or fox in the fields. This property is 150 acres-town owned, and protected by a 50-year conservation easement held by the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust.
Parking for the Spurwink Trail is directly across from the water treatment plant on Spurwink Avenue or at the pump station also on the west side of Spurwink Ave., or at the top of the hill next to the Gull Crest Fields entrance.
Gull Crest 177 Acres(Town Owned)
Trail: 4.5 miles
The Gull Crest trails have been extensively built out to include a dedicated Nordic ski trail on the northern portion of the property and long meandering trails through the outer woods to the east and extensive fields to the south. New boardwalks and bridges bridges now connect Gull Crest to the Town Center trail (via the Spurwink bridge) and to the Great Pond Trail (via the Fowler Road connector). Many of the trails border fields and wooded wetlands. This multiple use area provides excellent year round recreation on well marked trails.
Access: The primary Gull Crest trailhead is located just outside the gates to the transfer station, with additional access points near the community garden and public works depot on Cooper Drive
Length: 7.5 miles
Cross Town Trail Map (Click to access full-size PDF map)
First envisioned in 1974, a Cross-Town Trail linking Ft. Williams to Kettle Cove has now come to fruition! Providing a scenic tour of Cape Elizabeth’s most spectacular conservation areas, this 7.5-mile trail passes through the Robinson Woods, Spurwink Marsh, Gull Crest conservation lands, and along the shores of Great Pond. Comprised of both Land Trust and Town trails, this corridor can be walked at a leisurely pace in 3-4 hours. The mid-point of the trail passes through Town Center and the land trust office, providing an opportunity to rest or refuel. Each spring and fall, CELT offers a guided walk of the entire trail beginning at Ft. Williams and concluding with a picnic lunch at Kettle Cove and a shuttle ride back to Ft. Williams. For more information, contact CELT.
Turkey Hill Farm E6
Crescent Beach State Park E7
Two Lights State Park G8
Highlands Trail E7
Loveitt Parcel E2
Fort Williams F2
Elizabeth Farms B4
Each year CELT officially visits each property to observe any significant changes. These visits will be posted on our website and published in local papers for those who would like to attend. Please contact CELT if you are interested in our monitoring program.
Each year dozens of individuals and families pitch in to help CELT build and maintain bridges and trails on our properties. Trail work days typically fall on spring and summer weekends but work continues throughout the year. To become a trail work volunteer contact CELT.
Each year CELT coordinates public events in celebration of our work and to thank our supporters. These events need dedicated volunteers to be successful.
As a non-profit organization CELT relies upon volunteers to assist our programs and to monitor, build and repair our trails and bridges.
If you are interested in volunteering with CELT please contact us at (207) 767-6054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.