QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 483 acres
- Trail Mileage: 0.6 miles to river
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: orchard, river, meadow
This is an idyllic walk in many ways — it’s easy, charming, and includes an old orchard, small ponds, meadows, and views over the Kennebec River. It’s very popular with birders. The best walk is along an old road which wanders down to an outlook over the river, about 0.6 miles from Route 128. There are two benches and a picnic table overlooking the river. And I think it must be possible to go swimming? The dirt roads also look like they are passable for wheelchairs.
There is a slightly fainter old road that veers off to the right, taking you to a large meadow. There are more trails through fields on this side of the park.
(You can also explore a bit more of the wildlife management area if you drive a bit farther north on Route 128 and turn onto a little dirt road called Farm Road. Park at the gate. If you follow the track through the field, you’ll reach a 19th-century family cemetery.)
Natural Resources Council of Maine has more info, as does the state of Maine.
Directions: From Route 197 in Dresden, turn onto Route 128 (or the River Road) in Dresden. The management area is about two miles south of the intersection with Rte. 197. There is a sign for the area and a big parking lot on the right next to a large green building. You can also drive a bit farther on past the green building and meadow and park at a smaller gravel lot in front of the gated road. This is the road to the picnic area.