Now that it is officially mid-September (what?!), it is time to start enjoying the fall weather, and there’s no better way than taking a great fall foliage hike in Kennebunkport. And fortunately there are tons of great opportunities for trips that suit all fitness levels and attention spans not far from the Maine Stay Inn. Now, we have to be realistic – this is Southern Maine, after all. So that means that you’re not going to find any soaring mountains
and above tree line treks. At least not in our immediate area. But if that’s your thing, we can certainly recommend some spots for a day trip! So with that in mind, there are still lots of options in terms of length and terrain to keep you busy in the great outdoors.
Now, I certainly know that some folks aren’t psyched about lacing up their running shoes or hiking boots and hitting a dirt trail, so for those who aren’t the walks along the Kennebunk beaches or Parson’s Walk out to Walker’s Point are a great choice. Looking for a longer route? Try the packed gravel path along the Eastern Trail, a converted railroad course that runs from Kittery to Portland. And while these are great for enjoying the autumn air, you might experience more fall foliage on a hike at some of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust properties. Each offers loops and trails of different lengths, without too much elevation change. And if you’re willing to venture a little bit from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, the Kennebunk Land Trust also offers a huge variety of different trails not far from Dock Square. And as many of you know, one of my absolute favorite places in the area is the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, and with 7 miles of trails (even some leading to the beach!) it also offers a great chance for a fall foliage hike just a few miles from the Maine Stay. But if you’re looking for a little more elevation and challenging terrain, head just south to Mount Agamenticus in Ogunquit. From the top you can see the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the White Mountains on the other – what a stunning sight! So no matter what your skill or interest level, there are almost limitless possibilities for fall foliage hikes in Kennebunkport!