Tyler Brook Preserve offers a short lightly trafficked 1.3-mile looped trail. The trail starts at the Learning Trail on the Emmons Preserve and is moderately easy making it fit for visitors of most abilities. The Tyler Brook Trail is popular among hikers, runners, and dog walkers, as it offers stunning views of the Batson river and Tyler Brook with water gushing over stones forming mini-waterfalls. Make sure to carry your camera along as the waterfalls are perfect subjects for an instagramable long exposure photo, similarly the reflection of the trees and surrounding landscape in the waters is another splendid sight. Of course, the flow of water is seasonal, so visiting in summer or during a drought can leave visitors disappointed in this regard.
The trail also passes through marshes, which makes it rather muddy and messy after rainfall. It is also recommended to carry insect repellents, as the area is also prone to mosquitoes and bugs. The winding paths of the trail pass through thick foliage, introducing different flora along the way in a forested landscape. The terrain changes from rough beaten paths, to more cultivated wooden boardwalks, to messier boggy areas. The preserve has a number of benches along the trail which are very inviting for a short scenic break, other well-kept areas are also ideal for picnics.
The preserve is managed by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, which has preserved 2,800 acres of land over the years. The Trust has fantastically connected four of their preserves by linking Emmons Preserve, close to the trust headquarters, to Tyler Brook, followed by Cape Porpoise Greenbelt and Smith Preserve making for a longer 4-mile hike. A small parking lot is available close to Tyler Brook Lane as well as additional parking near the Trust’s Headquarters.
If you’re in the vicinity of Kennebunkport, Maine, Tyler Brook Preserve is worth a visit. While there are much larger preserves in the area, Tyler Brook Preserve nature trails with beautiful scenic river views offer a fun, pleasant break that everyone can appreciate.