Two Ponds Nature Area, Otisfield

I have found the Otisfield town preserves well maintained, well blazed, and pleasant to explore, and this is no exception. The Two Ponds trail system brings you to the shores of Moose Pond and Saturday Pond, both of which are quiet and lovely, although they have a few homes around them.

While there isn’t a completely enticing place to enter the water in the preserve — the shores are a bit brambly and the pond bottoms a bit mucky — you could certainly jump in!

The trails wind through pretty forest and are mostly easy, albeit the approximately 1.5-mile Saturday Pond loop is a bit rougher than the ~0.6-mile trail to Moose Pond from the parking area. Snowmobile paths interlace the walking trails, allowing you to do a 2.3-mile loop first to Moose Pond, then to Saturday Pond, and then back to the parking area and trailhead.

Directions: The relatively big parking area and trailhead kiosk is on Fox Run Lane, just to the left after the intersection with Hidden Lake Road.

Heniger Park, Otisfield

My map doesn’t quite resemble the official map; I may have missed a few turns, and also walked down paths that aren’t on the map.

If you want to stroll along old woods roads, in an old wood (and some younger woods), this is the place for you. There is a rather ornate network of wide, flat trails through this 117-acre patch of forest. It can be easy to get a little bit turned around, even though the town has done a good job blazing most of them and putting up trail signs.

The Howard Dyer Trail does a big loop (just under 1.5 miles) around the property’s circumference, and is dark and shaded, with lots of mushrooms. Some of the interior trails are a bit brighter, with newer forest growth around them.

The trails are universally easy to walk, although there is some descending down a gradual pitch toward the lake. (BTW, the trail system does not extend to the lake shore.)

Directions: The parking area and trailhead kiosk are off Jacob’s Way. Some of the trails even cross the road. Turn off Route 121 and the trailhead kiosk and parking area — big enough for several cars — is on the left after about 600 feet.

Twin Bridges Preserve, Otisfield

The Twin Bridges Preserve is one of several protected areas in the Crooked River Forest, and along the Crooked River, which is one of Sebago Lake’s tributaries.

Twin Bridges has a parking area, kiosk, and a system of pathways, which were being constructed in the spring of 2019 (which is why my map is incomplete). The river—a major tributary to Sebago Lake— is lovely, and makes for pretty spots along your walk.

Directions: The trailhead is off Route 17, just about 100 yards of so from the rest stop.