Skip directly to site content

Like the rest of the world, Maine businesses are navigating the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to check websites for your destinations before visiting for the latest health and safety guidelines in place, and please remember to be patient and kind while visiting.

add bookmark

Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary

Activities: Walking, hiking, birdwatching, photography, nature preserve. Family-friendly, great for a day trip.
Region: Maine's Lakes & Mountains

Perched on the highest point of Lewiston, this wildlife preserve offers 450 acres of forested oasis including trails, wetlands and resting areas. Nicknamed “the Crag,” Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary is a well-loved landmark of the city that originally belonged to the Thorne family in the 1800s. Since that time, while the land’s habitats and wildlife have remained protected, its human use has varied considerably, from a tuberculosis sanitorium to a site for scientific research by Bates College.

Today, there is a plethora of activities to enjoy throughout its tranquil lands:

  • Walking and hiking: With six well-maintained, marked trails, you can choose to explore a unique section of the sanctuary. (p.s. – leave Fido and bikes at home for this adventure—being a wildlife sanctuary means preserving vulnerable life forms and habitats).
  • Birdwatching and amphibian-finding: As the name would suggest, this is an excellent place for spotting birds, from ruby-throated hummingbirds to Osprey. In addition, the wetlands and ponds are home to a variety of peeping and warbling amphibians, especially in the spring.
  • Picnicking and Resting: Soak in the beauty of the park from your picnic blanket, one of the many benches or in the gazebo.
  • Learn: The perfect outdoor classroom for everyone from young explorers to seasoned birders, there are many educational nature programs that take place at Thorncrag.

If you forgot to pack a picnic lunch, do not despair! There’s a variety of places to stop in-town for local flavors:

  • Grant’s Bakery: try their mouthwatering meat pies and staples like hot-baked beans and homemade brown bread. Sweet-tooths will be pleased by the variety of whoopie pies and pastries available.
  • Fish Bones Grill: dine on comforting, regional fare like fresh fish and choice cuts in a historic, canal-side mill building.
  • DaVinci’s: Warm up with a variety of house-made soups and brick-oven pizzas.
  • Forage: Pick up a batch of their freshly made bagels and a tub of cream cheese.

Mileage:
From Ellsworth: 130 miles
From Bangor: 104 miles
rom Portland: 38 miles

Businesses & Organizations

Filters
Map
Retrieving results.

Related Articles

Filters
Retrieving results.

Get inspired at the Maine Quarterly

  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear

  • High Adventure

No results found.

Businesses and locations related to: Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary

Loading markers...
Close
Topics
Region
Close

Searching for ""Almost there...

Beginning May 1, travelers from all states will be able to travel to Maine without providing a negative COVID-19 test result or quarantining, unless otherwise determined by the Maine CDC. If a state experiences a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Maine CDC will apply testing and quarantine protocols to all travelers from that state.

Learn how our safe travel protocols are helping ensure everyone's visit is a safe one.