QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 16 acres
- Trail Mileage: 1 mile in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: pond, wetland
Deer Hollow/Mud Brook Preserve trails in blue; Chaffin Pond Preserve trails in green; snowmobile trail in yellow
This is a town preserve, with unmarked trails that go around Mud Pond and to a small platform overlooking the pond. You can also, by crossing private property (so I don’t know if it is kosher), walk from here to Chaffin Pond Preserve (also referred to as Donnabeth Lippman Park). These preserves are close to some snowmobile trails, so I imagine you can do quite a bit of walking back here.
When I visited in the fall of 2016, the trails around Mud Pond were hard to find, quite wet and overgrown. By heading left from the main parking area, you’ll come in about 200 yards or so to some raised piping that marks the beginning of the narrower walking trail. When this trail splits a little ways along, head right across some old boardwalk. Soon, the path breaks into two. Both trails will take you back to the start and to the little trail down to the viewing platform. The loop around the pond is about .7 miles.
To head over to Chaffin Pond Preserve (if this is kosher!), you should not turn right onto the boardwalks but continue walking beyond Mud Pond, through a boggy area. At this wet area, veer right. The path will become wider and easier to follow once you’re back on public land.
Directions: At the traffic light on US 302 (1.2 miles north of their intersection with ME 115 in Windham), turn onto Angler Road, a dirt road, and follow it just under a half mile. Veer right onto Woodland Road and stay straight. This becomes Mount Hunger Shore Road. In .4 miles, you’ll see a parking area and trailhead on the right. A painted sign says Mud Pond Nature Preserve