|Mallards in flight|
As we came up on the road again we noticed a fair number of cars parked down Pine Point Rd at the utility substation. Espying a pedestrian bridge over the marsh, we walked toward the cars. Ah. Here was the Eastern Trail! This is the southern Maine section of the East Coast Greenway, a 3000 mile pedestrian/bike trail from Calais to Key West. There are 22 miles of off-road trail in southern Maine.
There are maps at the parking lot or you can print out your own using the link above. The section we walked is about 2 miles from Pine Point Rd to Black Point Rd and has wonderful views of the marsh. There are a couple of benches along the way and markers pointing out some of the wildlife you may see - Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egret, Glossy Ibis and harbor seals. (We saw the mallards and a merganser. I'll be back later in the season for the egrets. It was, after all, February!)
|Eastern Trail through Scarborough Marsh|
A couple more shots from this section of the trail -
|Cattails in the marsh|
From White Cedar Inn it's about 30 minutes to Scarborough Marsh. In the summer expect to need bug repellent and lots of sun screen. Schedule your kayak rental before heading out, it's a very popular place to paddle around. Take I-295 south to I-95 south. Exit from I-95 at exit 42 and take the Haigis Parkway to Rt 1/Rt 9. Go right on Rt 1/Rt 9 south. Turn left on Rt 9/Pine Point Rd after passing the marsh, and the Audubon center is about a half mile from Rt 1 on the left. The additional parking for the Eastern Trail is a short distance on the left.
Bring binoculars and a camera!
White Cedar Inn 178 Main Street Freeport, Maine 04032