Posted on September 1, 2015 and last updated on August 16, 2017

Hutchinson Pond, Manchester

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: 81 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 1.3 miles round trip
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: pond, meadow, woods, wetlands

The 1.3-mile round trip includes views of the pond, which is probably gorgeous when the autumn colors are in full force (they were just starting to turn when I was here in September 2015). It looks like some people stash their canoes and kayaks here. The 81-acre property, which includes a large meadow, is maintained by the Kennebec land Trust.

Directions: From Manchester: Take Pond Road south for 3.5 miles; turn left onto Collins Road. Take the first right onto Benson Road; in 0.9 mile the parking lot will be on the left. From Hallowell: Take Central Street west for 1.7 miles; turn left onto Shady Lane. In about 0.4 mile take the first right onto Outlet Road and continue onto Bog Farm Road and then Collins Road. Turn left onto Benson Road; in 0.9 mile the parking lot will be on the left. From Brown’s Corner in West Gardiner: Take the Litchfield-Hallowell Road toward Hallowell. After 1.8 miles, turn left onto Benson Road. In 1.6 miles the parking lot will be on the right.

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