Only one mile from the bustling downtown of Freeport, Maine, Mast Landing is 140 acres of diverse habitat rich in human and natural history. It is located along the Harraseeket River estuary.Add Mast Landing Sanctuary to your Freeport travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Freeport planning website.
More than three miles of trails wind along a stream and tidal marsh and through orchard, fields, and forest. Well-used by visitors, they are ideal for hiking and cross-country skiing. Pets are not permitted in Maine Audubon wildlife sanctuaries.
Please stay on trails, trails are for foot traffic only, and carry out all trash.
Please no pets, fires, firearms, or alcoholic beverages.
Ridge Trail (1.6 mile)
Access all sanctuary trails from the Ridge Trail, which begins at the kiosk in the parking lot. You also can reach the Ridge Trail from Link Trail 1, off the service road. The Ridge Trail winds through most types of habitat in the sanctuary, as well as past an old dam site and the historic mill-master’s house, now a private residence for sanctuary caretakers.
Orchard and Deer Run Trails (0.5 mile)
The Orchard Trail branches from the Ridge Trail soon after the Ridge Trail entrance at the parking lot. It leads to the Deer Run Trail, which rejoins the Ridge Trail. These trails pass through orchard, former farm fields, and mixed coniferous forest of pine, hemlock, and fir.
Mill Stream Trail (0.3 mile)
Branching off from the Ridge Trail/service road at the dam site 0.3 miles southeast of the parking lot, the Mill Stream Trail follows the stream through riparian (river) habitat and overlooks the maple swamp before meeting back up with the Ridge Trail.
Bench Loop Trail (0.25 mile)
The Bench Loop Trail branches off from the Ridge Trail 0.8 miles north of the parking lot and features the best views of a hemlock ravine.
Estuary Trail (0.4 mile)
Beginning and ending at the Ridge Trail/service road, the Estuary Trail, which is steep in places, takes you through field-grown white pines to the point over- looking the estuary.
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Mast Landing Sanctuary reviews
This 101-acre (40.9 ha) wildlife sanctuary had color-coded, named, and marked loop trails. A map kisk was near parking. One trail passed Dennison’s Falls and its former mill site. Despite it’s being..... more
This 101-acre (40.9 ha) wildlife sanctuary had color-coded, named, and marked loop trails. A map kisk was near parking. One trail passed Dennison’s Falls and its former mill site. Despite it’s being..... more »
It was a good place to go for a day hike. You get to experience a walk on the woods without going to far away from civilzation. It is not a strenous hike either.
It was a good place to go for a day hike. You get to experience a walk on the woods without going to far away from civilzation. It is not a strenous hike either. more »
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