McIntire Highlands Preserve in York, Maine is the prefect place to spend the day hiking with your dog. Maintained by the York Land Trust and consisting of approximately 416 acres, the McIntire Highlands Preserve boasts some of the oldest trees in York County. There is also historical evidence of how the land was used by the McIntire Family for over 200 years, including remnants of an old homestead and barn.
But what makes this dog friendly trail truly unique and worth the visit, is it abuts more than 4,000 acres owned by the Kittery and York Water Districts, and it is possible to hike all the way to the summit of Mt. Agamenticus, in York. We, however, did not attempt that ambitious hike, but instead enjoyed exploring the extensive stone walls and abandoned roads that crisscross the property.
Dogs must be leashed, and are not permitted to swim in Boulter Pond, a drinking water reservoir that serves the residents of York, Eliot and Kittery. It is also important to note that these trails are popular with ATVs and hunters, so please use caution. Also use caution when crossing the brook, especially during the Spring thaw and after heavy rains.
Follow Linscott Road to the Kittery Water District access road. There is no parking lot. Park off road away from the gate, and please be respectful of the abutting private properties. Follow the Kittery Water District's Silver Trail to find the Trail Head for McIntire Highlands Preserve.