The Vaughn Woods in Hallowell, Maine is a 166-acre property, owned and managed by the Vaughan Homestead Foundation. It has three stone bridges (the lower bridge has a stamp indicating it was constructed in 1930), waterfalls, and man made Cascade Pond (downloadable PDF trail map). Many locals call it “Hobbit Land” due to the Lord of the Rings type of scenery found here.
It can be reached on the North side from the intersection of Middle Street and Litchfield Road in Hallowell, and from the South behind Hall Dale High School in Farmingdale.
Tammy and I visited on May 31st and while it was above 90 degrees in town, here it was bearable due to the overhanging foliage canopy and the water flowing through the gorge. The main path around Vaughn Brook can’t be more than a couple of miles total, and I expect it’s much less. This location is well worth visiting and we’ll definitely be back during the Fall season.