Hitting the Trail is a weekly feature here at Mud Puddles to Meteors. In each post we will share trails, parks, beaches, and museums from around the country (and sometimes even beyond). If you would like to join in and share a special nature location please send us an email at email@example.com with the details listed at the bottom of the post and links to the photos. We would love to share your nature adventure!
Today we welcome Tara, from Periwinkles and Pine, who is sharing a trip she took with her son, and their homeschool group, to Vaughan Woods in Hallowell, Maine. They took a nice hike on the trails leading through the mixed woodlands and splashed around in the waterfalls in the area.
Some Things to Know
Location: Vaughan Woods in Hallowell, Maine, a 240 acre recreational area maintained by the Vaughan family who settled the propery in 1794.
Habitat: Mixed woodland, with grassy meadows and riparian zones.
Favorite Plant and Animal Life: There was a wonderful old oak tree at the beginning of the trail, lots of pine trees and pinecones, and a very healthy swath of ferns. The kids saw some squirrels, bees and spiders while we were hiking as well. We could hear a variety of birds twittering away too, keeping up the rhythm with our walking pace.
Special Features: There are wide, well groomed trails, stone bridges, and beautiful waterfalls. The kids were free to climb on the rocks and cool off in the stream near the waterfall.
Best Time of Year to Visit: We enjoyed a wonderful early spring day in the woods (dispite the black flies) but the area also offers cross-country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter.
Thank you, Tara, for sharing your beautiful hike.