QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 886 acres
- Trail Mileage: 4.2-mile loop (shorter walks also possible)
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: Jamie's Pond, woods
This is one of the nicest wildlife management areas I’ve walked in yet. There are 886 acres to explore. The trail system is big and well-marked (with maps set up at many junctions). You can do shorter or longer hikes. I made a big loop on the outermost trails, and hiked roughly four miles. The land includes a beautiful pond, which seems like a popular attraction for locals. At only one point did I almost wander off trail. The best way to tackle this area if you’re new to it is to start at the pond. There are two (quite small) signs at either end of the lot marking where trails begin.
Directions (from Maine Trail Finder): From Hallowell: take the Outlet Rd to Jamie’s Pond Rd, a gravel road forking off to the right, marked by a small street sign. Proceed for 0.5 miles, look for a turn-off down to the pond on your left. There is also parking along Jamie’s Pond Rd itself. The Jamie’s Pond Road entrance is gated part way down in the wintertime and spring until the road dries out. There is a winter parking area on the left near the gate.
From Manchester: there is access from both the Collins Rd and Meadow Hill Rd. The trailhead off the Collins Road is at a parking lot on the North side of the Collins Road in Manchester. The trailhead off the Meadow Hill Road in Manchester is off a parking lot on the south side of the Meadow Hill Road In Manchester. There is seasonal access to Jamies Pond for hand-carried watercraft at the parking lot on the Pond. The Pond contains trout and bass.