― John Muir, scribbled in his copy of the Prose Works by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Since its inception, the Larrabee family cultivated the area that is now Libby River Farm Preserve to provide much-needed protein and produce to the growing metropolis of Portland. After being purchased by the Scarborough Land Trust, it’s since become an important location in their ongoing conservation efforts; an ideal habitat for the endangered New England Cottontail, indicating populations could return in coming years.
Curated for exploration, Libby River Farm Preserve has short, but well-marked trails, hand-crafted stone steps, and sturdy wooden bridges and walkways. Immerse yourself in the plethora of bird songs and chirping chipmunks as you explore this bit of Maine history.
Although there is no official opening and closing of the trails, it is advised you keep your stay between dawn and dusk, especially as it gets toward those dreaded winter months. Yes, it is open year round, so feel free to head out with your snowshoes on! Scarborough Land Trust covers any cost of visiting, but if you’re interested in supporting this awesome conservation organization, you’re able to donate on their website. There’s parking for well over a dozen cars, so don’t be shy. What Libby River Farm Preserve lacks in facilities (there are no bathrooms or picnic tables), it makes up for with a relaxed atmosphere. Few travelers notice this landmark on their way to Scarborough Beach State Park a few miles down the road and thus allows ample room to stretch out.
Although Maine has been my home for many years, I never get tired of the changing of the colors as summer fades to fall. Libby River Farm Preserve, in all its secluded glory, is perfect for enjoying this natural phenomenon. I suggest bringing a blanket and a picnic basket mid to late October to take advantage of the boldest hues of red and orange.
Shots from Libby River
Where Is It?
Head out Black Point Rd off of Route 1 in Scarborough. Once you cross the second bridge, you’ll see the parking lot on the left and sign for Libby River Farm Preserve. If you get to the entrance for Camp Ketcha, you’ve gone too far!
Libby River Trailhead
320 Black Point Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074, USA
(Plus Code: HM6V+8C Scarborough, Scarborough Town, ME, USA)
What else is nearby?
Travel is the best kind of education so go get lost, even if it’s just outside your own doorstep! Here are some more of our favorite places right next door!
- Scarborough Beach State Park
- Higgins Beach
- Crescent Beach State Park
- Kettle Cove State Park