QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 75 acres
- Trail Mileage: 1.4 miles round trip
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: Ponds, wetlands, floodplain, woods
This 75-acre conservation area maintained by the Kennebec Land Trust has wide, easy trails, but I didn’t see any blazes. However, it’s not easy to wander off and get lost. The perimeter trail is about 1.4 miles, and starts off next to a horse farm, continues past a small pond with cattails, and rounds out at Maggoty Meadow Brook. There are other criss-crossing trails (not shown on my map) if you don’t want to go so far.
Directions: From the Gardiner area, take Rt. 201 south from Gardiner. Just over 3 miles south of the Rt. 295 interchange, turn right onto Thorofare Road. Turn left on the Plains Road. Travel about 0.25 miles and take a left on Upper Pond Road. After ~ 0.5 miles, take a right onto Melanie Lane. A KLT sign and registration box is about 0.2 of a mile from Upper Pond Road. From the Lewiston area, take Rt. 126 toward Gardiner. Just past Waterman Farm Machinery, turn right onto Rt. 197. At Litchfield Corner (watch for the Brick School on the right), turn left onto the Hallowell Road. Turn right onto the Plains Road, passing the Fairgrounds on the left. Pass over the Turnpike and turn right on the Upper Pond Road; after ~ 0.5 miles turn right on to Melanie Lane.