QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: On 3,200-acre former Navy base
- Trail Mileage: ~7 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: remnants of base, streams, little pond, playgrounds, fields
Since the Navy moved out in 2009, and the base was formally decommissioned two years later, the 3,200-acre area has gradually been opened for civilian use. Barbed wire fences have been clipped, trails have been opened, and businesses have moved into industrial space. Snowy owls have been spotted here in the winter. The airplane runway is still open.
A bit of the trail on the western side is paved and wheelchair accessible. The part that does not run near the busy Bath Road is the nicest section. Many of the trails on the old base are wide and flat, more like roads. Close to the southern portion of this segment there is a nice picnic area near a small pond.
The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust has developed some very squiggly trails in a 64-acre area called Neptune Woods, on the east side of the preserve. The easy, winding trails here interlace with older dirt roads, but the land trust has blazed them all well, as well as posted maps at what would have been confusing intersections.
Directions: To access the upper-western segment of trails, take Pine Street from Bath Road, and drive to the end of the street. Park where the road curves. You’ll see the paved trails ahead. You can also park near Blue Dog Daycare on Alagash Drive. The best place to park on the east side of the base is off of Purinton Road. There is a small pull-off near the cemetery. To reach Neptune Road, make your way to Neptune Drive, off of Forrestal Drive, and park on the side of the road, across from a housing development.