Posted on December 22, 2015 and last updated on May 24, 2020

Appleton Preserve, Appleton


  • Preserve Size: 124 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 1-mile one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: river, fields

In my map above, I’ve marked the four trail segments of the Gibson Preserve-to-Appleton Preserve trail with different colors. The Appleton Preserve segment is pink.

If you started at Gibson Preserve and walked along the Ridge to River Trail and the Canal Path before you arrived here, like I did, you might be too tired to enjoy this place! But it is an okay spot, offering views of the St. George River and easy walking. The walk is under 2 miles, and I didn’t see any blazes. Perhaps I was delirious? But it was easy enough to follow the trail, which runs along the river, turns right across a field, and then follows an old road of sorts before looping back around. The Georges River Land Trust protects the 124 acres here.

Directions: From the intersection of Routes 131 and 105 (Camden Road) in Appleton, go east on Route 105 for ½ mile. Parking for the Appleton Preserve is available at the ME Inland Fisheries & Wildlife gravel lot on the right, just before the bridge across the Georges River (see map). Please do not park in the Blue Crow Studio driveway or use it as a turnaround.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!