QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 280 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~10 miles
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: West Branch of the Piscataqua River, waterfalls
The trails in Cumberland, Falmouth, and Windham are very well connected, either by footpath or snowmobile trail. Not shown on this Google map is how this trail connects to a larger trail system.
Here is my attempt at a map that roughly shows the multi-town interconnected trail system.
Wow, this is a huge protected area that links up to North Falmouth Community Forest and Hadlock Forest. At Blackstrap, there are pretty spots along the Piscataqua River, brooks and small waterfalls, diverse forests, and miles of trails. The preserve is popular with walkers, joggers and mountain bikers. The trails are mostly well-marked, with maps posted at many spots in the preserve. The only trail I had difficulty finding was the one that leads to the access point near Babbidge Road, most likely because you have to cross the power lines and there are many little trails around this point.
Directions: The preserve has several parking lots. The main one is on Blackstrap Road, 1/4 mile north of Mountain Road, on the right if coming from the south. There is also a small pull-off just north of the intersection of Babbidge Road and Blackstrap Road, on the right if coming from the south. There is also an access road off Hurricane Road.