Mill Brook Preserve, Westbrook
Updated: Dec 16, 2020
This trail was a complete surprise. I've been to Mill Brook many times, but have never hiked the 2 mile southern loop via the Perry Court Trailhead. It is absolutely magical here. After a long week (I know, it's only Tuesday), I am 100% replenished from this place.
This preserve features a 6-mile trail system on 130 acres of forested land along the crystal clear Mill Brook. It is notable for the largest migration of alewife fish to Highland Lake in late May and early June. The land is conserved by the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust and was part of the lands of the Wabanaki People for over 10,000 years. The hilly forested trails wind along the river and are perfect for those seeking peace of mind. It was just me and my dog, Romy, on this adventure and I couldn't have been happier about that. Sometimes, a hike without kids is in order. I also know that my kids will love this place, so I will be bringing them back here...and soon.
For the 2 mile southern loop (which I highly recommend), park next to 55 Perry Court on the side of the road. You will easily spot the trailhead and then see a sign leading you past a couple of sheep in a private residence. They'll say hello to you, I'm sure.
Head down the hill and you will see what looks like a fork in the trail. Stay left and just before you continue on, look inside the tree stump on your right. Our Seek-em is tucked in there, nice and cozy.
Continue onward, following the blue blazes. We took the loop counter clockwise, but do whatever feels good to you. There is a scavenger hunt that you can follow along the way, which also runs counter clockwise. On your return trip, about 3/4 of the way back, you will find a fairy village. There are signs for this and it would be a great place to stop for a rest and some building time.
This trail has clearly received a LOT of love, is extremely well maintained and easy to navigate with clear signage all over the place. It also offers plenty of benches for resting. I'd give this trail my highest rating and will certainly return, in all seasons.