The Hemlock Ridge Trail is a moderately trafficked, point-to-point trail that is rated easy in terms of difficulty. The 0.24-mile long Hemlock Ridge Trail has an elevation of 105 feet. The trail does not have any fresh water fountains so hikers are advised to carry their own water. The Hemlock Ridge Trail is primarily used for hiking nature trips and bird watching. Dogs are allowed on the trail as long as they are leashed, and the Hemlock Ridge Trail is kid friendly. The trail is open all year through. Hemlock Ridge Trail gives its users a beautiful view of the magnificent Casco Bay coast, a forest, stunning wildflowers and osprey nests.
The Hemlock Ridge Trail is a short, well-marked and easy to follow trail. The Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, where the Hemlock Ridge Trail is located, is a five-minute drive from the heart of Freeport shopping center. As hikers head to the park, they come across open fields and marshes that provide a serene environment taking them back from their daily lives to the arms of nature in its full beauty. The Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park consists of different ecosystems like hemlock woods, a salty marshy estuary, peak white pine and beautiful rocky shorelines. These shorelines are found on the coast of Casco Bay and River Harraseeket. The Wolfes Neck Woods State Park is popular for paying homage to ospreys which have built nests on the Googins Island, and hikers using the Hemlock Ridge Trail are advised to be careful not to upset the ospreys. Hikers who wish to have a view of the majestic birds - especially the baby birds - ought to carry high-powered binocular lenses.
Through Hemlock Ridge Trail, hikers get to enjoy a good time under a shelter of oak trees or even a group barbeque at the new shelter in the park. More so, users of Hemlock Ridge Trail can rent a new constructed shelter at the park for a day. There is an ample and safe parking space for Hemlock Ridge Trail users at the Wolfes Neck Woods State Park. Hikers are advised to carry snow shoes or boots if hiking during snowing seasons and they ought to be careful on footing to avoid being caught up by ice. Hikers on Hemlock Ridge, especially those with kids, can rest up on the well set up porch as they take a breath and also enjoy the beautiful coastline.
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