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New Places to Explore with your Dog!
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New Places to Explore with your Dog!

As the owner of two adult Labs who love off-leash romps, I'm always on the prowl for new places to take them where they can enjoy woods, ponds and open fields to their hearts' content.  I've also recently started a Ride & Romp Hiking Program for the small adult dogs who attend Dances With Dogs for day care.  Over the next couple of weeks, I will share some information on some of our favorite places to play, hike and explore.

A hidden treasure exists about 4-5 miles out on Broadturn Road in Scarborough called Fuller Farm.  This 180-acre tract of farm, field and woodland is managed by Scarborough's Land Conservation Trust and is open to people and dogs year round.  There's a small dirt parking area and a kiosk with trail information at the trail head, and you enter the property via a deep field of rolling grass and wild flowers.  When we brought our ten dog-hikers there recently, we were greeted by a group of Bobolinks who tweeted in greeting as our hikers ran up the trail toward the woods.  

Once you reach the wooded area, there are cleared paths through the woods which meander through streams, over ledges and offer lots of opportunity to view wildlife such as chipmunks, squirrels and a variety of wild birds and a nice number of wild flowers (including Lady Slippers...please don't pick them!).  It's an easy 1.25 mile walk through the woods and we looped and meandered through the trail choices a number of times in the three hours we spent there.  A favorite spot for the dogs was the cool stream and pool below a lovely wooden bridge in the middle of the forested area.  

To find Fuller Farms, take Route One from the Portland area through Scarborough, cross the marsh and just after Dunstan School Restaurant on your right, you'll come to a set of lights at the Dairy Corner, where Pine Point intersects Route One on the left and Broadturn Road intersects it on the right.  Take a right onto Broadturn Road and travel out about 4-5 miles.  The parking area and signage will be on your right.  Bring poop bags, as you must pick up and tote out your dog waste.

Click the link for the trail map of Fuller Farm:  http://www.scarborough.me.us/commserv/trails/fullerfarm/fuller_farm.pdf

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