QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 90 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~1.3 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: Langlais's art, Hyler Cove
Nature preserves that include sculpture gardens are wonderful but uncommon (unfortunately). Langlais Preserve is small but enchanting. (For another art preserve, check out Viles Arboretum in Augusta.) The preserve features the works of artist Bernard Langlais, who not only sculpted, but also painted. If you go during opening hours, you can wander into the barn in which he worked to see some of his smaller wooden pieces, and also into his old home, where you can check out a few of his paintings. He worked tirelessly, I gather, in the 11 years he lived in Cushing (he was born in Maine but moved to work in New York City). He died when he was 56, and his wife helped to preserve his home and works.
There is a .25-mile, gravel, wheelchair friendly path that wends through the outdoor pieces, and another short but not wheelchair-accessible blue-blazed trail that takes you into the woods. You can also cross the road and walk down a dirt road to the shore. When I visited a path had been mown to a small pond with Canadian geese. I was told that more trails are planned at the preserve for the future.
More of Langlais’s sculptures are dispersed at preserves and parks throughout the state. You can see a map of them here.
Directions: The address of the home and preserve is 576 River Rd, Cushing, ME