QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size:
- Trail Mileage: ~1.5-mile loop
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: reservoir, small ponds
When I first visited this public park in 2017, I walked a lovely 1.5-mile loop (if you start at the street parking, on Town Farm Road) around the reservoir, following the access road to the Quarry Trail and back along the Wildflower Trail.
You can also make a longer walk if you continue on the wider snowmobile paths around the reservoir. The complete circle, starting from Town Farm Road, is about 3 miles. There are biking paths intersecting the main trails that look like they would be nice for walkers as well. I’ll try to get to them soon!
Additionally, you can continue your walk on the Kerns Hill Connector Trail, a very well made biking and walking path that brings you through birch forest and to Kerns Hill Road in about 1.0 mile (from the Junkyard Trail). As of fall 2021, there wasn’t an easy way to park on Kerns Hill Road, other than a small pull-in space big enough for one car.
The walking is easy and varied here. A wonderful place!
If you park at the Town Farm Road and walk in via the dirt access road, you’ll arrive at the reservoir in about 0.3 miles. There are a few picnic tables and a ball field. The swimming area is less a beach than a grassy area leading up the water’s edge. Still looks like an appealing spot for a swim, though.
The Wildflower Trail path—which is open only to foot traffic—can be accessed by going off to your left, a little ways before the reservoir. Or, if you arrive at the water’s edge, just walk around the pond on the right. You’ll start on the wider track and eventually will see the walking path on your left, on the other side of the pond.
More info here.
Directions: The parking lot is about 1,300 feet from the intersection of Town Farm Road and Winthrop Street, on the right. For those without resident permits, you must park outside the reservoir park, on Town Farm Road between May 15 and September 15. There’s room for about 15 cars or so here. For those who live in Hallowell, you can drive into the park and park by the water’s edge. This lot is open to everyone during the off season.