30
Jan-2013

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

This past Saturday, Husband and I were feeling adventurous and decided to go for a drive to Freeport. It’s not a long drive, we figured it would be fun for the kids, and maybe we would be able to get some good pictures.

So we loaded the kids into the car, got some iced coffee at the nearest drive-thru, and headed to Freeport. It was hot out–a beautiful day to be in the car with the AC on.

We drove around Freeport for a while, admiring the buildings and scenery, and then Husband suggested that we drive through Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park. I was game. I love a country drive.

It was beautiful. We drove through thick woods that finally opened up on a narrow point of land extending out into the ocean. From the road we could see the ocean on either side of us. At that point we turned the car around and headed back up the road to the actual park entrance. “Do you want to go in?” Husband asked me.

I rolled down the window so he could take a picture of the park sign. The air was surprisingly much cooler at the park than at home. “Sure!” I said.

So we paid the $3 per person fee and drove in. Once out of the car, we walked through a spacious picnic area in a field and then down a long pine-forest path to the salt marsh estuary, where there are rocks and tidepools

Tide pools at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Maine

and ankle-deep black mud (this was the kids’ favorite part, of course!).

To the far left of the estuary are mud flats, and we came across several people who were there digging for clams. Just across the estuary is Googins Island, a protected place for osprey to nest. One giant nest was visible to us from the shore, and in it were two adult ospreys and a chick. It was an awe-inspiring sight.

The 200-acre park was given to the State of Maine by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence M. C. Smith of Freeport, in 1969. It has been beautifully conserved and has a lovely picnic area for visitors to use before heading down to the estuary for some wildlife viewing. New to the park is a group picnic shelter area, which may be rented for the day. There are also Guided Nature Programs, which include short talks, walks, and other activities, depending on the weather. Birdwatching, cross-country skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing are popular activities for visitors to the park.

We thoroughly enjoyed our spur-of-the-moment visit to Wolfe’s Neck. We left planning to go back with a picnic someday, when we can spend more time exploring the lovely sights.

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