Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, Freeport

4.6
#2 of 16 in Things to do in Freeport
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.
Wolfe'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.
The 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.
To visit Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park on your holiday in Freeport, and find out what else Freeport has to offer, use our Freeport tour itinerary planning tool .
Source
Create an itinerary including Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
407 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • We visit here at least weekly in Spring, Summer and early Fall. We should all patronize our State Parks and this is a favorite. Its beautiful and you can also bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the tab...  more »
  • did this hike last year- first place we went back to this year- easy hike- good trails- benches- bathroom- plenty of parking-shaded  more »
Google
  • Wolfe’s Neck is such a lovely state park. There aren’t many facilities like camping or amenities such as organized tours at this park which helps it, I think, to keep a feeling of being authentically wild and serene. Though there are nicely maintained pathways and of course signage, it is a maintained state park. But I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you want to feel like you’re really experiencing the land here, you can. The couple who bought the property and gifted it to the state, mandated that it would always be the way it is and would stay pristine. That shows! I really loved my visit and wish I could have stayed all day.
  • So close to civilization and yet so serene. Great for walking my small dog. the smell of the salt sea air was wonderful. inexpensive (out of state)fee to use a wonderful resource

Plan your trip to Freeport

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Freeport

4.0
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h
3.6
Duration: 2​h
4.4
Duration: 2​h

Side trips from Freeport

4.9
Duration: 2​h
4.4
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Freeport

4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 30​min
3.4
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Shopping in Freeport

4.2
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in Freeport

4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Museums in Freeport

3.4
Duration: 2​h