Wildwood Trail & Branch Brook Loop
These trails connect two Saco neighborhoods and lead walkers into the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. The area contains over 300 acres of saltmarsh habitat along with a forest of white pines, birch, and maples, and spectacular views of the Goosefare Brook Marsh.
This trail leads hikers into the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge (RCNWR), between two subdivisions that surround the refuge marshland. In 2020 Saco Bay Trails started rehabilitating Wildwood Trail, which had been an abandoned logging road in RCNWR, with the first of two truss bridges. In 2021, a second bridge was completed along with an addition of a kiosk at the Wildwood Drive trailhead. This trail is 0.75 miles one way and terminates at the RCNWR border near Ocean Greens Drive. (Please note, there is no public trailhead at Ocean Greens Drive. Please respect private property.)
BRANCH BROOK LOOP (Opening Spring 2022)
In the fall of 2021, Saco Bay Trails received permission from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to upgrade this informal 0.5-mile side trail to the east of the Wildwood Trail. Improvements have begun on this trail and will be finished in the Spring/Summer of 2022 with new trail signage and additional bog bridging. Once completed, this loop trail will provide a pleasant walk through a pine forest with spectacular views of Goosefare Brook Marsh and Branch Brook.