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Guest column: A piece of woodland solitude in a most unlikely place

By Jeffrey Ryan

I am always on the lookout for trails, but this is one of those little gems that I discovered by accident. Boy, was I glad I did!

When the architects designed the Enterprise Business Park in Scarborough, they added two nice features that are often omitted — pedestrian friendly sidewalks running the length of the two roads leading inland (Enterprise Drive and Technology Way) and a sweet woodland trail along the Nonesuch River, which is more like a brook in this part of its journey. Combining the two provides a nice 20-minute walk over gentle terrain.

I parked in the roundabout at the end of Technology Way right near the trail kiosk and map, then headed into the woods. The trail is easy to follow, and has some nice amenities including two bridges and three benches along the route. The only place that’s a little tricky is at the location of the second bench, which is a few feet to the left of the main trail. It’s easy to think that the trail continues beyond the bench, but not so. Return to the main trail and turn left (slightly uphill) and you’ll be on the right track.

The trail emerges from the woods behind the Fluid Technologies building, then follows along the edge of the woods to meet Enterprise Drive near a streetlamp. Cross the street, then take a left, following the sidewalk down Enterprise Drive and Technology Way back to your vehicle. 

According to the trail map at the kiosk, there are plans to add another one mile plus of woodland trail to the system, which will be a nice addition. Even without, it’s nice to find a little pocket of solitude to enjoy, especially when some of the more well-known local trails are crowded.  

Next week, I’ll cover the 10-mile second leg of the pedestrian and bike friendly Sebago to the Sea Trail. 

Jeffrey Ryan is a Maine-based hiker, photographer, public speaker and author of several books about the outdoors. Learn more at www.JeffRyanAuthor.com.  

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