The Yarmouth Clam Festival is this weekend, three great days of fun, food and entertainment. It’s perhaps my favorite summer festival of all here in the Great State of Maine.
While the carnival and midway kicked things off on Wednesday, and will be running again on Thursday night, the festival really gets going in earnest on Friday. I know I’ll be there Friday afternoon and evening, to watch the parade for one, and to fill my face with a pint of fried clams and lots of whatever else I’m not supposed to have but will anyway. A little music under the tent and a stroll through the midway will surely round out our evening.
All the festival stuff said, hikers like you and me need to know that there’s some pretty fine walking in and around Yarmouth, courtesy of the good folks at Yarmouth Community Services and the Royal River Conservation Trust among others. So you can enjoy some good ol’ festival fun and games and mountains of food and walk it all off on a goodly variety of scenic trails nearby.
I wrote about all this – the Yarmouth Clam Festival and the miles of trails and whatnot described in the Yarmouth Open Spaces Guide – in my outdoors column last Sunday in the Maine Sunday Telegram, “Hiking in Maine: Happy as a Yarmouth clam.”
My wife and I checked out three parks and preserves in particular a few weeks back to get a flavor of what’s on the ground in town. We were duly impressed and had a wicked decent morning amid the pretty environs of Yarmouth’s green spaces and places. You too are gonna like your time spent here.
Spear Farm Estuary Preserve has a nice couple miles of trail on its 55 acres bordering the Royal River. Enjoy the oak and pine forests, salt marshes along the river and a freshwater pond as you go. Great spot!
At Royal River Park, meander along the river through patches of woods and lovely grass fields past three waterfalls, two at old dam sites and a third at an old mill. The grove of old growth hemlocks is pretty impressive; some are 200 years old!
Littlejohn Island Preserve protects 26 acres on the eastern tip of the island. A mile long loop hike circumnavigates the property and takes you right along the waterfront, where wonderful island and bay views will knock your hiking socks off. Parking is extremely limited here; two cars at a time only. If the spaces are full, well, you’ll have to come back another time. It’s the rules, so please comply!
Here are a few more photos of our recent day outdoors in Yarmouth. Enjoy! And maybe I’ll see you at the Clam Fest or on the Yarmouth trails this weekend…