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Vaughan Woods State Park

South Berwick, ME
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
Description: Self-guided nature trails and guided historical home and garden tours are offered at this 250-acre memorial park in southern Maine.
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English first
Maine/New York
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173 reviews 173 reviews
42 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We were almost the only ones in the woods except for a woman, her baby, and a dog. They did not disturb the tranquility of the woods. The trails were pretty easy except for the tree roots in some spots. On the ground, there were pieces of tree that we could use as walking sticks. We parked at the Hamilton... More

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Kittery, Maine
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Off the beaten path, but worth it. Easy walk along the water and through the woods. Just watch out for the tree roots. If you want more of a workout, take a few of the intersecting trails. I find it easier to take the River Run path and come back on the Bridle path.

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131 reviews 131 reviews
43 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

My wife and I came here at the recommendation of the innkeeper where we stayed. The hiking was somewhat reminiscent of Big Basin in California which was great. Lots of small trails to hike, the terrain ranging for easy to moderate. The views overlooking the water were spectacular and the overall feel of the park was incredibly peaceful. Saw several... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

My friend and I were house sitting in So Berwick for my family. They left a list of things we might like to do and Vaughan woods was on the list. Even though it is very cold and windy the day we went you did not feel it when you were among the beautiful hemlock trees. It was one of... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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191 reviews 191 reviews
59 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This State Park offers an easy but consistently hilly 2.5mi (appx) loop hike with various cuts along the way to shorten the loop. Taking the Bridle path will bring you through a magical looking forest with a well-worn path for half of the trip. The other half of the trip takes you over the River Run which is right along... More

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116 reviews 116 reviews
43 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Easy paths to follow strolling through woods near the river. Restful, relaxing, and nice to hear the wind through the trees.

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Rochester, New Hampshire
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

I love coming here with my family to do a couple hours of walking. The trails are great but do have a lot of roots that can be harder for younger children to navigate. They have picnic tables and a small calisthenics area that my kids like to play on.

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Ithaca, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Given the time of year, the trails were covered with lots of ice, so walking was difficult at times. However, it was still beautiful walking through pine trees. There was also a historic site (the Hamilton house?) which was cool.

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Eliot, Maine
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Gorgeous site with lots of trails through the woods and along the Salmon Falls River. Dogs on a leash welcome. You can also walk onto the grounds of the Hamilton House, a beautiful mansion and perennial gardens that is run by Historic New England.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

It's sort of a hidden gem for hiking and snowshoeing. Can get pretty rugged along some of the paths, but all in all a very pleasant hike/snowshoe. Lookouts with seats at some spots allow for a rest with a scenic view. Trails are well-maintained.

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