Posted on November 28, 2019 and last updated on November 28, 2019

Central Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor


  • Preserve Size: 182 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 1.8 miles in network
  • Pets: no
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: tamarack trees, wildflowers, ferns, mosses, lichens, a field of milkweed, Penjajawoc Marsh

When I walked this preserve in late November, after a light snow, the trails were really quite wet. (That photo of grayness below is a reflection of my mood after getting my boots very soggy.) The trail, though, is blissfully simple—you have a choice to do a shorter 1.5-mile loop, mainly in the woods, or do a longer, nearly 2-mile loop that takes you to a view of the marsh and across a couple of fields. It’s nice to be on a preserve designated for walkers, with their simpler needs, after trying to figure out a labyrinthine trail system taken over by mountain and fat bikers. And that’s because bicycles, and dogs, are not allowed on this Bangor preserve. There’s a great map here of Bangor area trails which designates which trails systems are pedestrian only.

Directions: From The Central Penjajawoc Preserve parking area is off of Essex Street, about 1.2 miles on the right after you pass Grandview Avenue.


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