Part of a 100 acre wildlife preserve, Horton Woods is biologically diverse set of trails built in 2008 (part of the Saco Bay Trails), totaling 2.4 miles, and incorporating an extensive ecosystem – perfect for an inquisitive trek through the woods in all seasons.
As this is a relatively small trail system, there is plenty of parking in the lot leading to the trailhead, but no other facilities. Free to everyone, these well marked and maintained trails are a lovely addition to the trails in Saco. From the trailhead, marked trees wind you past an abandoned greenhouse overlooking a small marshy area. Further back, there are multiple interwinding wooded trails, humungous Red Maple trees, a quaint meadow, and bridges leading over Stackpole Creek. A brisk walk at golden hour will include some dazzling sun rays twinkling through the trees. If you visit in December as I did, the snowy blanket crunching under your boots will be the only audible sound as you explore each trail, each with its own unique charm.
This trail would be perfect for anyone really – doggos and kiddos included (though a leash is suggested… for the dogs at least). The well-marked, well-maintained trails have a small elevation gain of 196 feet, and the set up makes it easy to do a small hike or the whole loop. If you’re observant enough, you might even find the Geocach out there (we discovered it accidentally!). The variety of ecological and built structures keeps you engaged and provides a harmonious backdrop for an easy hike close to home.