The rural “York Woods” area of York, Maine, is lesser known that its famous beach areas, but rich in history and natural beauty. Here are some nearby recreational activities and places to visit in York and South Berwick. Take a road trip and stop by the Grange Cafe for sustenance!
The Ledges Golf Club: This challenging 18-hold golf course has been named “One of the Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest.
It’s a Dog’s World: A dog day care and canine training and activity center just down the road on Birch Lane.
Zach’s Farm Stand : Our most famous local farm has a farm stand on Cider Hill Road (Rt. 91) en route to the Grange from Route 1, open from July through early October. It’s known for having the best fresh corn around! Also visit Zach’s Corn Maze on Birch Hill Road in season.
The Friendly Blueberry Patch: Open for a few crucial weeks in July/August, this is a delightful family-owned pick-your-own blueberry farm on Route 91.
York Land Trust: The headquarters of this conservation organization is just down the road from the Grange. Check their website to learn about special events and preserve areas for hiking nearby, including the one below.
Highland Farm Preserve: A property of the York Land Trust, this preserve offers 150 acres of woods, including beautiful panoramic views of the York River. Open for hiking year-round and cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in winter.
Mount Agameticus Region: This corner of York has become a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, as we are sitting at the southern door of the 10,000 acre Mountain Agameticus Conservation region. Hiking and mountain biking opportunities abound. The Water District offers miles of trails that extend from the Belle Marsh Reservoir toward Folly Pond and eastward to Chases Pond and Situate Pond. Mount A offers over eight miles of trails with sweeping views on the summit from the Isles of Shoals off of Portsmouth to Mountain Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
Scotland Bridge: A few miles west from the Grange Cafe in York, pop in your kayak for an afternoon paddle all the way to York Harbor on the federally designated wild and scenic York River.
Hamilton House / Vaughn Woods: One of our favorite spots is just a few miles down the road in South Berwick . The Hamilton House, a beautiful restored Georgian mansion, is poised on a bluff overlooking the Salmon River. The adjacent Vaughn Woods offers miles of peaceful, dog-friendly hiking trails.
Counting House Museum: Also in South Berwick, this museum is on the banks of the Salmon Falls River beside a mill dam that once powered the looms of a nineteenth-century cotton textile factory. Learn about early maritime trade and local historic life in a variety of exhibits.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor’s Center (1774): Visit the historic South Berwick home of this turn-of-the-century writer who chronicled life in South Berwick and the region.