Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

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Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
Maine State Park
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park.jpg
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, May 2015
Country  United States
State  Maine
County Cumberland
City Freeport
Elevation 98 ft (30 m) [1]
Coordinates 43°49′22″N 70°05′17″W / 43.82278°N 70.08806°W / 43.82278; -70.08806Coordinates: 43°49′22″N 70°05′17″W / 43.82278°N 70.08806°W / 43.82278; -70.08806 [1]
Area 244 acres (99 ha) [2]
Established 1969 [3]
 - Opened 1972
Management Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location in Maine
Website: Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park is a public recreation area located on Casco Bay on the southeastern side of Freeport, Maine. The state park occupies 244 acres (99 ha) on a narrow peninsula, Wolfe's Neck, that runs between Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River.[3] It includes white pine and hemlock forests, salt marsh estuary, and rocky shore.[4] The park is managed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

History

Wolfe's Neck takes its name from Henry and Rachel Woolfe, the area's first permanent European settlers who took up residence in 1733.[4] During the 20th century, the land was the site of an organic beef-raising operation owned by Lawrence M.C. Smith and Eleanor Houston Smith.[5] The state park was created when the Smiths donated a portion of their holdings to the state in 1969. The park opened to the public in 1972.[4]

Activities and amenities

Googins Island

The park offers hiking, birdwatching, picnicking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Park trails traverse both forested lands and rocky shoreline, offering views of the river and bay.[6] Osprey can be observed nesting on Googins Island, which lies just off shore.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Wolfes Neck Woods State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Outdoors in Maine: State Parks, Public Lands, and Historic Sites" (PDF). Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park". Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park Guide & Map" (PDF). Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Eleanor Houston and Lawrence M.C. Smith". Freeport Historical Society. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park". Maine Trail Finder. Center for Community GIS. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 

External links

  • Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
  • Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park Map Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
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