Being able to choose a walk on the beach or through rolling farmland is a big reason Julia and I love where we live. We cherish Scarborough’s special landscape and support the Scarborough Land Trust as much as we can.

While staying safe, sane and active in this pandemic, we have never valued these open spaces so much and want to share a few of our favorites for when the weather warms up. Reminder: bird nesting season has begun. Some of these places do not allow dogs or call for leashes between April and October. Please be a good neighbor and check before you go with your pets.

PROUTS NECK. Prouts Neck is the jewel of Scarborough, in our opinion. Popular Scarborough Beach State Park is perfect before tourist season shifts into high gear and you can still park for free on the street until May 1. The Cliff Walk can take you from Scarborough Beach, around the point, and then for an epic continuation, you can go over to Western and Ferry Beaches then back.

PINE POINT BEACH. If you need a long walk, you can cover a lot of sand going from Pine Point all the way to Old Orchard Beach. As we get closer to summer, snack stands will start opening at both beaches, providing you with a reward for walking over eight miles round trip.

BROADTURN FARM. Broadturn Farm, formerly the Meserve Farm, dates back to the 1800s. The Scarborough Land Trust purchased its 434 acres in 2004 and the half-mile long Silver Brook Trail was created by Eagle Scout Ben Acker in 2009. SLT leases part of the land to local farmers, John Bliss and Stacy Brenner, who will open their farm stand, known for its gorgeous, locally grown flowers, around Mother’s Day weekend.

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