Intervale Preserve, New Gloucester

This is a 1/2-mile walk, good for birding. The short loop takes you to some lookouts over the wetlands. Don’t do like I did and try to walk along the beaver path along the river — it’s rather steep and muddy. I didn’t see any when I was there in the spring of 2014, although I might have missed them since I wasn’t looking for them. I did see pretty carvings in the wood kiosks. More info at the Royal River Conservation Trust.

Directions: From the intersection of Intervale Road & Cobbs Bridge Road in New Gloucester Village, proceed south on ME 231 one mile and look for a blue sign on a kiosk on the left, just after crossing the first set of railroad tracks. From the other direction, proceed north on ME 231 several miles past Pineland Farms, and look for a blue sign on a kiosk on the right, 1/4 mile north of Woodman Road, after crossing one set of railroad tracks and immediately after crossing the Royal River, but just before the second set of tracks. Ample parking is available on the wide grassy shoulder of the road.

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