Kennebunk Plains

The grasslands are home to several species of birds that are rare or endangered in Maine, including grasshopper sparrows, upland sandpipers, vesper sparrows and horned larks. In late summer, the plains are painted purple by the spectacular blooms of the northern blazing star, which occurs nowhere else in Maine. The population of this plant at Kennebunk Plains is the largest in the world. Other common plants on the preserve include lowbush blueberries, poverty grass and little bluestem. One of only two known populations of black racer snakes in the state also makes the plains its home.

Kennebunk, ME

135 acres


Kennebunk Plains Controlled Burn

See a short time-lapse of a controlled burn at Kennebunk Plains.

Dawn to Dusk

Trails are located on old sand roads and are generally flat to gently rolling.

Preserve Guidelines
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  • Foot traffic only
  • Because the rare birds nest on the ground, it is essential that visitors stay on the trails from late April to September
  • Respect areas marked as private
  • Berry picking is permitted after August 1. No collecting of any other plants or animals.
  • No pets
  • Carry out all litter
  • No fires, smoking or camping

From the Maine Turnpike (I-95) take exit 25. Head west on Alfred Rd through West Kennebunk. After passing through the village, turn left at the stop sign towards Highway 99 and Sanford. Cross the Mousam River, bear left, and turn right at the stop sign (Highway 99 heading west). After about four miles, the main parking lot will be on your right. Another lot is located on Maguire Road about ½ mile southeast of Highway 99.


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