QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 630 acres
- Trail Mileage: 1 mile in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: red maple swamp
This preserve includes a swamp with tufts of long grass that glaw green in certain light. The trailhead, which is off Route 109, starts by a small, old graveyard, and brings you to the wetland in about 0.3 miles. From there, you can do the short Hilton Loop Trail back to the parking lot, or continue along the ~0.3-mile there-and-back Beaver Dam Trail. The trail I walked, which can be wet in spots and sometimes hard to follow, traces the swamp until it ends at a brook.
This Wells Conservation Commission trail system is part of the Fenderson Commons, a 630-acre parcel that stretches between Route 109 and Horace Mills Road. You can also do a walk at the other end here.
Directions: Parking is on Rt. 109. Look for the trailhead sign on your left if traveling to Sanford, just beyond the High Pine Loop road. The start of the trail squeezes by a home and a new development.