Visiting the Preserve
This is the place to go if you’re hoping to enjoy a stunning view of the York River watershed and perhaps find signs of York’s early European settlers. Plan a hike with family and friends in any season or a day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in winter. At our Highland Farm Preserve there are many wildlife habitats, from outcroppings to forests to vernal pools, and you may even find a cellar hole or historic cemetery. The preserve is open from dawn to dusk. Please keep dogs leashed at all times, and remember, “Take only pictures; leave only footprints.”
Connecting thousands of acres of conserved land between Mount Agamenticus and the York River, this preserve is vital to protecting the quality of the river as well as the drinking water supply of Boulter Pond and provides a haven for native wildlife including seven rare and endangered species. Through a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 30 acres of thickets are being restored and managed to support the return of endangered New England cottontail.
The 151-acre Highland Farm property was purchased in 2009 as part of the Mount Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative. It is forever protected and open for public access thanks to the generosity of many individuals, foundations, partner organizations, and the voters of the Town of York. The preserve provides a snapshot into York’s rich history with stone walls, centuries-old cemeteries, and even a cellar hole, providing an added bonus for those who love to find remnants of the past on a day’s hike. Highland Farm exemplifies an area of town that is among York’s most beautiful and least developed.
Amenities and Trails
Highland Farm Preserve is accessible from the junction of Routes 1 and 91 in York by following Route 91 north three miles to the Highland Farm Preserve entrance on the right. The preserve features universal access with a portable toilet, ample parking, viewing platform, and seven trails covering more than three miles of varied terrain.
Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hunting, and nature study are all allowed. However, motorized vehicles and bicycles are prohibited.
Take precautions against ticks, and check frequently for them. Be aware that hunting is permitted in this area and Maine hunting laws apply.
Want To Learn More?
Interested in helping with our efforts to protect unique areas like Highland Farm? Visit our volunteers’ page here.