St. Pierre Preserve – Gorham, 2.9 acres

St. Pierre Preserve offers paddle access to the Little River in Gorham. It is also a great spot for fishing, a picnic, or simply relaxing along the waters of the river.

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

     Quick Facts

  • Activities: paddle access, fishing, wildlife viewing
  • Length: less than 100 feet from parking area to landing
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
  • History: aqueduct remains

     Preserve Map (click to expand)

Directions to Trailhead

About the St. Pierre Preserve 

The parking area for the preserve is off of  Route 237 just north of where it crosses the Little River. The remains of the Cumberland-Oxford Canal aqueduct, which allowed boats to cross over the Little River are nearby. This is a popular spot for fishermen. You can also put your canoe or kayak in here and travel by boat down the Little River to the Presumpscot River.

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

Chessey Preserve – Sebago, 109 acres

The out-and-back trail on Chessey provides access to beautiful and remote Browns Pond through densely wooded mixed forest.

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

 Trail Facts

  • Activities: hiking, running,  snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, paddle access
  • Length: 1 mile round-trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
  • Natural Features: Browns Pond

     Trail Map (click to expand)

Directions to Trailhead

About the Chessey Preserve Trails

The property is wild and relatively pristine woodland area. The trail is easily accessible from Hancock Pond Road and is a short half-mile to the undeveloped shore of Browns Pond. Parts are rocky and—depending on the time of year—muddy. The forest is a mix of hemlocks, pine and birch, and as the trail opens up on the shore, clear views of all sections of the pond including the marshy north end. Please note: snowmobiles and motorized vehicles are NOT allowed on this property.

Chessey Preserve is an easement property with public access.

Pringle Wildlife Preserve – Windham, 17 acres

Pringle Wildlife Preserve is a fairly flat field with marshy wetlands that surround Otter Brook, which flows through the length of the property. There are no trails, but there is an Observation Platform, which is a great vantage point for viewing birds and a variety of other wildlife.

Please see below for map and more information about the preserve and its wildlife.

     Quick Facts

  • Activities: wildlife viewing, stargazing
  • Length: no trails, but access to the wetalnds
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
  • Observation Deck was built by Eagle Scout and his troop

     Preserve Map (click to expand)

Directions to Trailhead

About the Pringle Wildlife Preserve

Access to the Preserve is off of Windham Center Road. The parking area is on the south side of the road just east of its intersection with River Road.

The Pringle Wildlife Preserve is a very good spot for bird watching. The viewing platform, which was built by an Eagle Scout and his troop, is perfect for viewing a great variety of birds or stargazing after dark.

In the early spring, there are ducks and great blue heron that take advantage of the waterlogged sections. The open field is a perfect spot for hawks to prey on the small field mammals. Later in the spring, tree swallows flitter over the property, feasting on the insects that are attracted to the various wildflowers that spread throughout the field. In the back end of the property, towards Sterling Drive, there is a wall of shrubs and young pines that have sprouted up creating a shady shelter for deer and other animals (as evidenced by the existing trails that lead into them). Walking down by the brook where it passes underneath Windham Center Road it is possible to see otters for which the brook is named. On top of the hill, what look to be two fox dens have been spotted!

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

Cummings Preserve – Gorham, 5 acres

The recently renovated Cummings Preserve includes trails along the Presumpscot River just south of the Dundee Dam in north Gorham. The Dundee Dam, a popular spot for fishing and swimming, is adjacent.

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 round-trip
  • 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 Cummings Preserve Trails

Parking for the trail is at the Dundee Dam, and the trail begins with Sappi’s canoe portage trail a short ways back up the road from the parking (look for the brown and white hiker sign). The trail is a lollipop loop with one section on the remains of the historic Oxford-Cumberland Towpath and the other along the Presumpscot River.

Cummings Preserve is a public access conservation easement of the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.

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.
Description

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.

Mill Brook Preserve – Westbrook, 120 acres

Mill Brook Preserve features a 3-mile trail system (being expanded in 2017) opened in 2016 on 120 acres of forested land along Mill Brook in Westbrook. Mill Brook is notable for the largest annual migration of alewife fish from Casco Bay to Highland Lake. The fish migration can be seen while hiking along the trail in late May and early June. This secluded and hilly forest valley is peaceful and feels remote while just minutes from Maine’s largest urban center.

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, viewing alewives
  • Length: 3.25 miles (expanding in 2017)
  • Difficulty: Moderate (South and North) to Difficult (Center)
  • Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
  • Largest alewife run in Casco Bay

     Trail Map (click to expand)

Directions to Trailhead

About the Mill Brook Preserve Trails

There are currently three trailheads that you can use to access the trails:

  • The primary trailhead is on Allen Knight Road, next to 789 Methodist Road.
  • The southern trailhead is on Perry Court next to 55 Perry Court.
  • The northern trailhead, named the MAGAN Trailhead, is across the street from Willow Drive (where parking is available) off of Route 302. Please use caution when crossing Route 302 to get to the trailhead)

The trail runs along the Mill Brook, crossing it in several places. The northern and southern sections are mostly flat and offer excellent opportunities to see alewives in late Spring and to catch scenic glimpses of the Brook and other wildlife year-round. The central section that connects them is for the more adventurous visitor, offering rugged climbs and traverses of steep hills above the water. Though close to Portland, the only noise you will hear throughout much of the trail is running water and wildlife.

Mill Brook runs from Highland Lake in Windham to central Westbrook where it empties into the Presumpscot River. As many as nine different fish species historically migrated to and from the ocean via the Brook, providing an important ecological link between marine and terrestrial ecosystems. The return of alewives to the Brook is the first step in restoring that ecology.

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

Frog Hollow Farm Preserve – Gorham, 62 acres

An easy walk around the pond at Frog Hollow Farm affords wildlife viewing opportunities or continue on into the mixed forest in search of old apple trees and to the Little River. Check back soon for updates about expansion of this trail system to the south part of the Preserve.

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: 0.8 miles round-trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
  • Water: Farm pond, numerous streams, and  wetlands

     Trail Map (click to expand)

Directions to Trailhead

About the Frog Hollow Farm Preserve Trails

The trailhead is at the end of Winslow Road in Gorham. Park in the small lot on the right side of the road (please do not park in the driveway that is an extension of Winslow Road).

Frog Hollow features hiking, snowshoeing, and numerous wildlife viewing opportunities.   Animal life seen here include waterfowl, blue herons, deer, coyotes, rabbits, and foxes. The woodlands are a mixture of hardwood and softwood, with an occasional apple tree found in the woods. Be sure to wear blaze orange when hiking during hunting season.  No ATVs allowed on the property.

Frog Hollow Farm Preserve is owned in fee by the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.

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.

  Trail Facts

  • Activities: hiking, running,  snowshoeing, cross-country skiing
  • Length: 1.1 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
  • Educational panels about flora and fauna

     Trail Map (click to expand)

Directions to Trailhead

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. Cedar benches scattered along the trail to sit and enjoy the silence or have a snack.

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.

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

Little River Preserve – Gorham, 28 acres

The Little River and Rivers Crossing Properties consist of over 28 acres of wooded wildlife area bordering the Little River. Paths and bridges allow a scenic walk through the woods and along the river.

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: 1.1 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy (Blue and Red Trails) to Difficult (White Trail)
  • Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
  • Historical: granite ruins

     Trail Map (click to expand)

Directions to Trailhead

About the Little River Preserve Trails

The trails are well marked with colored blazes. Starting at the parking lot, the blue trail first enters a small thicket and then crosses a field to Aspen Lane, a small suburban cul-de-sac. The trail continues from the opposite side of the road about 100 yards to the north (right).

The white trail is more challenging with steep, uneven earthen stairs leading to narrow bridges which cross the numerous gullies. The rest of the trails offer very gentle grades and woodland tranquility. This trail usually takes about 45 minutes to complete.

Each of the trails wind through hemlock and aspen forests, complete with a wide variety of wildflowers in the springtime, including red trillium and jack-in-the-pulpit. Also common are the ferns so typical of a Maine hike, although this delightful hike is but a short distance away from urbanized Portland.

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