Central Maine really is magic – and here’s why:
Nestled deep in the forest, away from the city noises of Augusta, is an area known as Vaughn Woods. The tree-lined paths inspire imagination and if you listen hard enough, you can almost hear the pitter-patter of little Hobbit feet traipsing through the forest. That’s right: the Vaughn Woods look exactly like the Shire, the hometown of Bilbo Baggins, the hero in J.R.R Tolkien’s 1937 book The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
Because of the strong resemblance, locals have been calling the area Hobbit Land for years. Here’s why you need to visit:
It’s an easy hike.
The hills of Hobbit Land are soft and rolling, so the hike is low-impact and can be done at a leisurely pace. This makes it a perfect afternoon activity for all members of the family – grandparents and little children included. You will need to imagine the Hobbit homes for yourself, however, as the park does not allow even temporary structures to be built, as to protect the local nature.
The locals don’t call it Hobbit Land for nothing. The Vaughn Woods have a lovely, magical look about them, making it the perfect location for all sorts of photo shoots. Whether you’d like to take engagement photos, family portraits, or simply snap a lovely landscape shot, this is the place to do it. Many photographers take advantage of the vibrant fall colors, moss covered stones, and cascading waters to create their perfect backdrop.
Located in Hallowell, Maine, the magic of Hobbit Land is most easily accessible via the trailhead behind Hall-Dale High School at 97 Maple Street in Farmingdale. The trailhead can be found on the west side of the school’s tennis courts. This is the preferred area for visitors to park, as there are plenty of spaces available here; however, if none are available, limited parking can also be found on the corner of Litchfield Road and Middle Street in Hallowell.
You can find additional forest history and even trail maps here.
If you’re looking for a home near Hobbit Land, or elsewhere in the forest rich state of Maine, please don’t hesitate to contact us, so we can find you your very own “Hobbit Hole.”
Photo credit: Vaughn Woods Driving Bridge by Paul VanDerWerf is licensed under CC BY 2.0