Saco Heath Preserve is the result of a rare occurrence whereas riverbeds – or, in this case, ponds – grow together. The nutrient-rich ecosystem begins to build layers of fertilizer until the ponds cease to exist. This well-maintained trail treks through the forest, across a multi-colored boardwalk spreading out over wetlands, and down around a loop filled with towering Atlantic white cedar trees.
Saco Heath Preserve is an extremely delicate goldilocks expanse of land – with excellent growing conditions. Get lost along the blueberry bush lined trail while keeping a keen eye out for nesting birds of prey in the Dr. Seuss-esque trees.
Privately managed by the world-renowned The Nature Conservatory, Saco Heath provides free access to the public to check out the preserve. They’re open year-round sunrise to sunset (be careful on the boardwalk in the winter, it can be a bit slick if it’s icy). Parking is at a minimum in the small 10 car lot, but I’ve visited well over a dozen times without seeing more than three cars at one time. There aren’t restrooms, but are some great benches to take breaks if needed along this 2.2 round trip walk – making it a great option for all ages and abilities.
This flat trail would be great for a quick jog, and it perfect in any season. In the winter, the ice freezes over the marshy area and snow layers all the trees. Blueberry season can be especially rewarding due to the readily available snack – plus this season brings more birds as well (because who doesn’t love a Maine blueberry).
Shots from Saco Heath
Here are some of our favorites shots we got while exploring Saco Heath Preserve.
Where Is It?
From Portland, take Interstate I-295 S and I-95 S to Industrial Park Rd in Saco. Take exit 1 from I-195. Hang a right onto Buxton rd. (SR 112) for three miles to the preserve entrance on the right.
Saco Heath Preserve
173, 163 Buxton Rd, Saco, ME 04072
(Plus Code: GGR9+G9 Saco, Scarborough Town, ME)
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 other great places to explore in the area:
- Horton Woods
- Saco River
- City Of Saco
- Laurel Hill Cemetery