A three-day weekend can only mean one thing – an extra day to go hiking! The weather was beautiful and the fall colors were starting to take hold, so the timing was perfect. We decided to head towards Scarborough and check out one of their trails. There are so many trail networks throughout the state. It’s really wonderful.
After an unsuccessful quest to locate a food truck we were hoping to try out, we decided to hike first and eat later. I had a specific trail in mind, the Libby River Farm trail which brings you to an overlook by the Scarborough marsh. As per usual, I had some difficulty finding the parking area even though this one is extremely well-marked. Fortunately, that was the only getting lost we would experience on this particular hike. The trails themselves are clearly marked and amazingly easy to follow.
The parking area is on the Camp Ketcha property. The camp along with the Scarborough Land Trust, which owns the Libby River Farm, make up this particular trail. The trail is a wide, mostly level path, making it easy to maneuver. You actually have to walk in about a half a mile through Camp Ketcha before picking up the trail. As we walked in past the camp property, we saw a few of their recreational spaces. There are signs that you need to be aware when camps are in session.
As it was early October, the fall colors were really beginning to pop and the views were spectacular. For most of the first part of the hike, we were surrounded by open fields. The trail is basically a loop, so when we hit the starting point we headed left and towards the observatory. It didn’t take long before we arrived at the wooden platform overlooking the marsh area. They have a double wide, wire rocker where you can sit and watch the activity in the marsh. There are multiple bird houses setup throughout the marsh. We took a few minutes to take in this peaceful spot and then returned to our hike.
On the way back, we took the Lucy R. Sprague trail and it was into the woods for us. Even though we were off the more meandering field trail, it was still an extremely easy walk. There were wooden walking platforms placed throughout the trail making it quick going. It eventually loops back and connects with the trail we walked in on, and then back to the parking area.
This is a really easy trail with beautiful views of the marsh area. It was more of a walk than a hike, and would be perfect for all ability levels. I didn’t track how far we hiked but from my prior research it’s a little over a mile. It felt short, but was quite lovely.
|things to know|
|Trail||Libby River Farm | Scarborough Land Trust|
|Address||Route 207 (Black Point Road), Scarborough|
|Website & Map||Scarborough Land Trust|
|Favorite ♥||Fall Colors|