Posted on July 26, 2021 and last updated on July 27, 2021

Heniger Park, Otisfield


  • Preserve Size: 117 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~3.3 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: forest

My map doesn’t quite resemble the official map; I may have missed a few turns, and also walked down paths that aren’t on the map.

If you want to stroll along old woods roads, in an old wood (and some younger woods), this is the place for you. There is a rather ornate network of wide, flat trails through this 117-acre patch of forest. It can be easy to get a little bit turned around, even though the town has done a good job blazing most of them and putting up trail signs.

The Howard Dyer Trail does a big loop (just under 1.5 miles) around the property’s circumference, and is dark and shaded, with lots of mushrooms. Some of the interior trails are a bit brighter, with newer forest growth around them.

The trails are universally easy to walk, although there is some descending down a gradual pitch toward the lake. (BTW, the trail system does not extend to the lake shore.)

Directions: The parking area and trailhead kiosk are off Jacob’s Way. Some of the trails even cross the road. Turn off Route 121 and the trailhead kiosk and parking area — big enough for several cars — is on the left after about 600 feet.


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