Posted on October 19, 2020 and last updated on November 09, 2020

Kate Furbish Preserve, Brunswick

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: 591 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~7 miles in progress
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: Harpswell Cove, Mere Brook, meadow, marsh

Kate Furbish Preserve East and West trails in red.

The seven miles of trails at the Kate Furbish Preserve on Brunswick Landing are still in development at this lovely preserve, but it is still great to visit. Right now, you can try out some of these trails in the eastern section of the preserve off Ordinance Road. (Ordinance Road brings you through a neighborhood of old military bunkers…we know where Brunswick townspeople will be headed when the nuclear winter arrives!) The preserve land was conveyed to the town by the US Navy, and was once used for detonating munitions to dispose of them.

The long perimeter trail at Kate Furbish East will be groomed for skiing. It is also nice for walking when there is no snow. If you do this 3.5-mile loop clockwise, you begin on an old Navy road that passes through a meadow and by the tip of a small pond. (You have to walk through cut-out sections in old metal fencing and pass by warnings of the munitions items you might still find on the land.) At the end of the meadow, the path turns sharply right to enter the woods. The road follows the southern end of the preserve before arriving at the shores of Harpswell Cove. The walking is very easy on this section, wide and clear, with some rolling hills. The last winding leg of the path, along the cove and marsh, is beautiful, but the walking is slightly more difficult, with more roots and a few deep gullies.

The trails at Kate Furbish Preserve West can be found next to the golf course. Park across the street and look for a high wooden fence. Walk to the right of this, and you’ll eventually reach a wide, old road that heads into the woods. (I believe these woods roads will also be groomed in the winter.) These tracks are flat and easy, with the exception of the connector trail between the two roads (the connector trail is blue and the roads are shown in white on the land trust’s map). Additionally, a narrower, windy side trail has been constructed on the north side of the preserve. It was marked with tags when we visited. It follows the marsh river for a while, and offers pretty views. This trail is easy, too, but not quite as smooth as the rest.

Directions: From Orion Street in the old Navy base, now called Brunswick Landing, turn onto Purinton Road. Continue 0.3 miles on Purinton Road—it will bend sharply to the right at a cemetery. Continue straight for 0.5, and take a left at the next junction, onto Ordinance Road. Ordinance Road makes a small one-way loop at its end. Here, you’ll see the first trail head on your right, through a hole in a metal fence. There is ample parking in the old paved lots at the end of this loop. If you continue on the loop a short ways, you’ll see the other trails on your right.

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