|Icy trail on Cutts Island Trail|
Today my family tried a new trail - Cutts Island trail in Kittery Maine! This Seacoast trail is perfect for someone looking for a relatively easy loop trail and is great for families. One important thing to mention is that dogs are not allowed.
Adventure: Cutts Island Trail, Kittery, Maine
Getting There: The trailhead is easy to miss. It is located at the intersection of Chauncey Creek Rd and Cutts Island Lane. Located near the bridge, you should be able to see a worn area where cars pull off the side of the road. A kiosk with sign and outhouse-style bathroom is located at the start of the trail and is partially visible from the road. There is no official parking area.
|Kiosk at Cutts Island Trail in Kittery Maine|
Trail: The moderately trafficked trail is a 1.8 mile loop - on the trail signed as the "orange loop". This can be cut short by cutting back early on the pink "short loop".
We started by taking the loop on the left (creek side). The trail meanders with a gentle incline along Chauncey creek and through salt marsh. The trail is well marked.
A few check in trail signs keep you on track. At the end of the loop, take a hair pinned trail turn and return to the start through a pine forest. Now the trail is flat and gently sloped downhill at points.
Distance: 1.8 mile loop
|Morning Light on the Cutts Island Trail|
|Trail maps keep you on track throughout the Cutts Island Trail in Kittery, Maine|
- Parking can be tricky. You will need to pull of to the side of the road on the trail-side because the other side is marsh/bridge.
- Parking is free and there are bathrooms at the trailhead.
- We saw people using this spot as a stand-up-paddleboard (SUP) put in.
- Dogs are not allowed - even on leash.
- This part of Cutts Island is part of a larger +9,000 acre wilderness area called the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.
My family enjoyed this little treasure of a trail in southern Maine! Afterwards, we went grabbed coffee and a chocolate croissant at Lil's Cafe in Wallingford Square, Kittery. It was the perfect winter weekend activity. I'm so excited to add another Seacoast hike to my collection!
|Hiking with my almost four year old in Kittery Maine|
For more Seacoast Hikes, you might enjoy...
Gonic Trails - Rochester
Hanson Pines Trail -Rochester
Willand Pond - Dover
Stonehouse Pond - Barrington