The Smith Preserve is the Trust's largest holding.  It features over 1,100 acres, 10 miles of recreational trails, babbling brooks, picnic rocks, quaint bridges, and a gorgeous forested landscape.  In addition to the trail system, the Smith Preserve is primarily a wildlife habitat.  It is part of a 3,000 acre block of undeveloped land, the largest such piece between Kittery and Brunswick on the coast, and home to white-tailed deer, bobcats, coyotes, hares, owls, partridges, turtles, and many other species.  For our human friends, the property is ideal for hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching and peaceful getaways from our busy lives.  

Please note, our trails are not intended for commercial use.

To Trail Head Parking: From the Conservation Trust Headquarters: Turn left from the parking lot onto Gravelly Brook Rd. Follow to end and continue on Goose Rocks Rd. After 0.5 miles, bear right on to Guinea Rd., and see Parking Area 0.1 miles on left.

 

Due to the sensitive nature of rare flora and fauna and changing weather conditions, we do not allow motorized vehicles on our trails. Handicapped persons should contact the Trust and we can provide motorized access to a limited portion of the trails.

 

Trail lengths:

Steele Trail: 3.5 miles from Trail Head Parking to Marker 11.

Fox Den Trail: 0.8 miles from Marker 2 to 5.

Brook Trail: 0.3 miles from Marker 2 to 3.

Trolley Trail: 0.9 miles from Marker 6 to 15 to 18.

Bobcat Ridge Trail: 2.3 miles from Marker 11 to 15.

 

Favorite Loops:

Brook Loop: From Trail Head Parking to Brook Trail to Marker 3. Return via Steele Trail – 1.7 miles. See beautiful waterfalls along Round Swamps Brook. The trail is short, but hilly.  The Brook Trail is dedicated to Peter Sargent, one of the founding fathers of the Trust.  Through his years of service as a KCT leader and volunteer, beautiful passages, such as this trail, were forever preserved. 

Fox Loop: From Trail Head Parking to Fox Den Trail to Marker 5. Return via Steele Trail – 2.4 miles. A relaxing walk in the woods, courtesy of Peter Wildes and Betty Davis, who have allowed the trail to pass through their private lands.

Trolley Loop: From Trail Head Parking to Trolley Trail via Steele Trail to Marker 18 and return — 4.8 miles. Enjoy the beautiful Long and Winding Bridge through a sea of ferns, and appreciate that the bridge (and all others on the trails) were built by volunteers! For longer treks, continue in either direction along the old trolley line.

Bobcat Loop: From Trail Head Parking to end of Steele Trail at Marker 11 and return via Bobcat Ridge Trail – 7.5 miles. This beautiful loop includes several Batson River crossings and follows the spine of Bobcat Ridge with many beautiful ledges through the most remote parts of Kennebunkport. If you see the bobcat den, please do not disturb!

Edwin L. Smith Preserve Map