After a snowfall, Sewell Woods in Scarborough becomes a mini winter wonderland. This small trail network tucked off Ash Swamp Road, not far from Route 1, has one happy mile of trail, which makes it a perfect spot for a quick winter walk or a first-time-snowshoer expedition.

Sewell Woods is part of the Scarborough Land Conservation Trust. Shannon Bryan photo

The terrain is flat and easy-going, making it accessible whatever your hiking level. And Sewell Woods wants you to be leisurely about it. So go ahead, spend your time in this mini winter wonderland marveling at how the snow sticks to the tree branches like marshmallow fluff and listening to the crunch crunch of snow underfoot (or under snowshoe, as the case may be). No need to rush.

Snowshoes and a dog in Sewell Woods just after a snow. Shannon Bryan photo

There’s a small brook running across the property – Stuart Brook, to be exact – and on the Bruce Lincoln Loop trail you’ll cross the brook via small brook bridges. Hold those handles and watch your footing (but it’s so pretty, right?).

One of the rail bridges over Stuart Brook. Shannon Bryan photo

Whether it’s your first time out into the snow-covered woods or you’re an experienced winter adventurer (or you just had a baby, like my pal Jill, who joined me at Sewell Woods last winter when she was a new mom and needed air and the outdoors and snow and a snowshoe with her little babe who was only a few tiny months old and I took a ton of photos of her snowshoeing ahead of me to share with you right now), Sewell Woods is splendid.

The .03-mile Bruce Lincoln Loop. Shannon Bryan photo

Sewell Woods

Directions to the trailhead:
From US Route 1 in Scarborough, take Broadturn Road for 1 mile. Turn left onto Ash Swamp Road. Continue straight through the intersection at Hearn Road. Look for the Sewell Woods sign and gravel parking lot on the left.

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