Posted on January 20, 2019 and last updated on August 19, 2019

Big Falls Preserve, New Gloucester and Auburn


  • Preserve Size: 40 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~4 miles in system
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy, with some uneven parts
  • Sights: Big Falls, small chapel

After parking at the spot where a paved road turns into a dirt one, and walking .3 miles along the discontinued Woodman Road, you’ll come to a footpath on your right, blazed with blue triangles. This path follows Meadow Brook before coming to a small waterfall and pool in about .6 miles. It then turns back towards the dirt road for a .6 mile trek back to the trail head. Alternatively, you can branch off the dirt road and take a red-blazed trail on your right that makes a 1.2-mile trek through a pleasant forest back to the parking area.

The trail system on one side of Woodman Road, on the western side, is privately owned by the Fralich family, but it appears they welcome walkers. (They also have yurts, a cidery, and maintain a small chapel secreted away in the woods dedicated to Marge.) Not only has the land trust marked the red trail on this land, but has also posted yellow triangles on a two-mile loop trail it calls the Stream Loop Trail. There are other small footpaths that intersect this yellow blazed trail; these are marked with flags and were likely created by the property owners. I avoided them but am wondering whether the land trust plans to one day wrap them into its trail system here?

Directions: Parking is available on the right-hand shoulder of Woodman Road, at the northern end of Woodman Road in New Gloucester.


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