The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce has created a wonderful guide of local nature hikes in our community:
- Enjoy the grounds and walking paths at the Franciscan Monastery
- Ditto that, but over the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. (use 55 Skinner Mill Road on your GPS.) The property is open 7 a.m. to sunset, every day, so that visitors can take advantage of fresh air, wide open spaces, diverse habitats, beautiful landscapes, and seven miles of trails. They even have some guided walks still on the schedule! Visitor Center currently closed. For more information and updates, call (207) 646-1555.
- The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust has 25 miles of beautiful, marked trails, while the Kennebunk Land Trust has multiple properties across town with varied terrain and interest.
- Hope Woods offers a variety of trails in downtown Kennebunk for a quick jaunt into nature
- Have you ventured out on the new Welch Woods trail in Arundel, off River Road, the first project by the Arundel Conservation Trust? Welch Woods is a beautiful, gentle half-mile loop through a peaceful forest with lovely ferns along the way. Trail crosses a small brook and leads to a clearing by the shore of the Kennebunk River. Rest a while on one of the benches built by the local Scout troop. Enjoy the serenity of the tidal marsh, and the gentle flow of the river. The perfect place for a picnic and some relaxation. Small off-road parking located just east of 227 River Road, Arundel.
- The Eastern Trail is another great option for biking and running. The Eastern Trail, a 65-mile section of the East Coast Greenway stretching from Kittery to South Portland, has two entrances: Kennebunk Elementary School off Alewive Road, and Limerick Road in Arundel. The trail is perfect for walking and cycling as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The trail, which is approximately 10 feet wide, is also dog-friendly.
- The Bridle Path in Kennebunk is a flat dirt path about two miles long that parallels the Mousam River and the marshes in Kennebunk. This is an excellent ride for beginners and families. Park at Sea Road School on Sea Road for access, or access the path on Route 9 by the Mousam River..