Vaughan Woods State Park

Area:  Vaughan Woods State Park
Region:  ME - Southern  
Location:  South Berwick, ME
Rating:  Easy  
Features:  River, cascades
Distance:  3.0 miles  
Elevation Gain:  Approximately 200 feet (cumulative)  
Hiking Time:  Typical: 1:30  
Outing Duration:  Typical: 2:30  
Season:  Variable
Last Updated:  12/13/2011  
Author:  Phil Blampied

This information has been excerpted (with permission) from 20 Great Easy Woods Walks near Seacoast New Hampshire, by Phil Blampied, copyright 1999.

Click for a PDF-format trail map for Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park (it will open in a new window).   

Trail map of Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park (map courtesy of Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park)


  Trail Guide   

A 250-acre woodland with well-established trails along the banks of the Salmon Falls River, Vaughan Woods State Park is well worth the trip. This slightly hilly, riverside woodland offers beautiful views of Salmon Falls from trails that follow a rise about the river. The trails loop around to and from the parking area and are easy to follow.

Trying the different choices at some of the forks in the paths will give you an hour or two of pleasant strolling. The trail network is 3 miles long, although with the multiple loops, it is easy to walk less than that if you choose. Trail maps are usually available on site during the park's open season.

In winter, the gate to the parking lot is closed. Many people park along the roadside when the gate is closed.

Vaughan Woods State Park
28 Oldsfields Road
S. Berwick, ME 03908
Park season: 207.490.4079
Off season: 207.624.6080


ME - Southern

  Driving Directions   

Vaughan Woods State Park is located in South Berwick, Maine.

From Rt. 236:
  • From Rt. 236 in downtown South Berwick, travel south on Rt. 236 for about a mile (or about a half-mile beyond the southern junction of Routes 236 and 4).
  • Just past a technical/vocational school on the left, look for the Vaughan Woods sign on the right and turn right onto Vine Street.
  • Follow Vine street for about 0.4 mile until it ends.
  • Turn right and travel for about 0.5 mile to the park entrance on the left, which is a few hundred feet past the entrance to Hamilton House.
  • The trailhead is located just beyond the parking area and picnic tables.


Picnic tables and restrooms.

Other Notes   

Fee Charged Memorial Day through Labor Day.


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