Located on the corner of Ogunquit and Bennet Lot Road in South Berwick, Kenyon Hill Preserve sits adjacent to Mount Agamenticus of York. The trail on this hilly property takes hikers by dramatic granite ledges, wetland, a mix of hardwood and evergreen forest and ends at the headwaters of the Ogunquit River. In the winter when the leaves are bare views of Mount Agamenticus can be seen as well. The trail also features two old foundations and a dug well.
From Route One in Ogunquit heading North, take a left onto Berwick Road (later becomes Ogunquit Road). Follow Berwick Road for approximately 3.7 miles. Parking for Kenyon Hill will be on your left just before Bennet Lot Road.
History of project:
48. Kenyon Hill, South Berwick (10/2002) Fee
A 95.8-acre forested parcel on the SW corner of Bennett Lot and Ogunquit Roads was transferred to the Trust by the Maine Turnpike Authority which had acquired it from the Miniutti family as part of the mitigation plan for the widening to the Turnpike.
90. Kenyon Hill II, South Berwick (3/2010) Fortenbaugh
A 12.42-acre parcel acquired in on 3/25/2010.
from Winter 2003 newsletter:
In October of 2002, the Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA) transferred ownership of a 96-acre parcel of land to the Great Works Regional Land Trust. This land was purchased from the Miniutti family by the MTA as mitigation land for the Turnpike widening project. The USGS map refers to this property as Kenyon Hill. It is located on the corner of Bennett Lot Road and Ogunquit Road in the Tatnic area of South Berwick.
Kenyon Hill is criss-crossed with stone walls outlining the old pastures from farms of the past. Two old foundations and a dug well are further reminders of the area’s farming history. The property also contains several acres of valuable wetlands and has almost 1000 feet of frontage on the Ogunquit River. But what makes the property especially memorable is the abundance of ledges and house-size glacial erratic boulders that populate the place. Add to this the fact that the property abuts a three hundred-acre parcel of State-owned land that leads into the Mount Agamenticus conservation area and it becomes very clear that the Land Trust is indeed fortunate and very grateful to accept this donation of a wonderful part of Tatnic. Baseline data was gathered by Robin Stanley and Sue Smith, using most of the stewardship equipment kindly donated by the Nature Conservancy, and a management plan is currently under- way. Kenyon Hill is located within three miles of the Orris’ Falls property and the newly acquired Cedric Allen property (see attached map).
Thank you to Conrad Welzel of the MTA, and the Board of the MTA for the donation of the property.
- Susan Smith