Hawkes Preserve – Gorham, 41 acres

There is a 1-mile nature loop trail on the Hawkes Preserve, which includes several stops to learn more about the natural area.  The trail winds through hemlock forests, along the scenic Presumpscot River and includes the historic Cumberland and Oxford Canal. This is a cool and shady summer hike.

Please see below for the trail map and more information about the preserve and trails.

     Quick Trail Facts

  • Activities: hiking, running,  snowshoeing, cross-country skiing
  • Length: 1 mile
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
  • History: Cumberland-Oxford Canal Towpath

     Trail Map (click to expand)

Directions to Trailhead

About the Hawkes Preserve Trails

Come walk the one mile nature loop trail, which includes nearly 2,000 feet of trail along a beautiful stretch of the Presumpscot River and see the remains of the historic Cumberland and Oxford Canal. The Haw kes Preserve is adjacent to the Great Falls Elementary School and the trail can be accessed from the school or Tow Path Road.

Great Falls School Trailhead: 73 Justice Way, Gorham. Parking is to the left of the school, near the woods. The trail begins at the bottom of the hill by the school’s outdoor classroom. All visitors who arrive during school hours are asked to please check-in at the front desk.
Tow Path Trailhead: At the end of Tow Path Road off Route 202 in Gorham.

There is no hunting allowed on the Hawkes Preserve and motorized vehicles are not allowed (excluding snowmobiles).

Hawkes Preserve is owned in fee by the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.