Great Works River Kayaking

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This kayaking trip offers much to those who appreciate forested scenery during their journey.


Route 236
Portland, Maine 03908




Located just 40 minutes south of Portland is the quiet hamlet of South Berwick. Along with being home to a surprisingly diverse population of artists, South Berwick also features the Great Works River. This waterway once powered some of the earliest mills in New England – grist mills were established on the river as early as the 1620s. Today, the Great Works River offers much for kayaking enthusiasts. Paddlers can enter the river at several points, including Emery Bridge Road and Route 236 (the town's main highway). Traveling this waterway, you almost feel as if you are coursing a Bayou-type river in the Mississippi Delta. The river's banks are thick with greenery including massive tree branches which hang low into the water. The surroundings are quiet and serene, the only sound being the soft whoosh of kayak paddles. The air is thick with the scent of lush trees, grass, bushes and flowers. Finding yourself calmed and centered by the solitary wonder of this place, you will surely want to return to the Great Works River again and again for kayaking fun. For kayak rentals, check out Harbor Adventures ( in nearby York.


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