Black Brook Preserve - Windham, 105 acres
The Black Brook Preserve trail network has rolling hills, mature trees, and brooks along with a variety of wildlife and plant life. The trails are great location for bird watching and enjoying the historic charm of Windham.
Please see below for the trail map and more information about the preserve and trails.
Activities: hiking, running, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling (on designated trail)
Length: 1.7 mile loop, 2 miles of total trails
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
Hunting Permitted – blaze orange recommended in Fall
Click for Directions to Trailhead
Trail Map (click to expand)
About the Black Brook Preserve Trails
There are several miles of trails that cross through all areas of the Black Brook Preserve with over 600 feet of “bog bridges” to protect the wetlands and keep hiker’s feet dry. There are cedar benches scattered along the trail to sit and enjoy the silence or have a snack. Cedar benches scattered along the trail to sit and enjoy the silence or have a snack. Blueberries abound in Summer and in early September, wild blackberries appear along the trails in the woods.
The historic charm, rural character and natural beauty that Windham is known for can all be found in the rolling hills, mature trees, and brooks of the Preserve. There is also a wide variety of wildlife, plant life, and birds. Deer, beaver, coyote, fox, porcupines, raccoons, wild turkeys, partridge, skunks, owls, & egrets are among the wildlife seen here. This natural forested wetland is a haven for herons, ducks, songbirds, and fish. The Preserve’s newest residents are beavers; their dams and lodges can easily be found in the center of the preserve and along the trails that touch the brook.
The Black Brook forms here in the Preserve and begins its journey meandering along through fields and forests until it empties into the Presumpscot River, which serves as part of Windham’s western border six miles away.
The Windham Land Trust was founded by a small group of conservation minded Windham residents who came together to protect a parcel of land slated to become a 41-house subdivision. This land, where streams come together to form the Black Brook, would become the Black Brook Preserve. The land has changed little since the town was incorporated in 1735, and now will remain undeveloped and in its natural state forever.
Black Brook Preserve is owned in fee by the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.