Pratt's Brook Park - A Gem in Yarmouth | Blogs
Last week, my team of canine hikers scouted out yet another fantastic locale for woods walking, stream swimming and generalized off-leash adventure! They give “two paws way UP” to Pratt’s Brook Park in Yarmouth!
Located off North Road as you head away from Route One towards Cumberland, this 220-acre tract of preserved land offers over seven miles of walking trails. The routes are well-marked and there are trail maps and a kiosk with information at the trail head. The parking area is located well off the main road and has plenty of parking for up to 30 cars. On the Friday afternoon that we enjoyed the park, we were the only car in the lot.
The trails at Pratt’s Brook are well-maintained and provide hours of easy walking and gentle rolling hills for exercise. A major bonus on a hot summer afternoon is the abundance of clear, fresh water in several places. The dogs had an absolute ball swimming in the deeper pools at the base of the stream on the Otter Trail in particular. Our group followed the Moose Trail (one of the longest) and had no trouble with the terrain.
If you go.... Bring plenty of poop bags and clean up after your dog. AVOID this area during the Yarmouth Clam Festival weekend (July 14-17th this year) unless you enjoy being stuck in traffic for a while. Long pants are recommended for humans, as bug season is in full swing. Sneakers, hiking boots and even Keen or Teva water shoes are adequate footwear. Our hiking group will be going to this location regularly, as the dogs were truly in canine heaven here!
Enjoy...and happy trails to you! Here’s a link to detailed information about Yarmouth Parks & Lands offerings, including trail maps for Pratt’s Brook Park: