Posted on February 25, 2015 and last updated on July 08, 2022

Libby Hill Forest Trails and Thayer Brook Preserve, Gray


  • Preserve Size: 145 acres?
  • Trail Mileage: ~8 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: woods, wetlands

Ski trails are green, snowshoe trails are blue (as of 2015)

What an amazing place! Here you can x-c ski on about four miles of groomed trails, or go off snowshoeing on another four or so miles in what feels like fairly rugged wilderness. You can hike or walk here the rest of the year. All together, Libby Hill has roughly eight miles of trails. The creation of this center was an inspired community effort. You can read more about it on the Libby Hill website. The wooded trails are well-marked.

Libby Hill is adjacent to the 147-acre Thayer Brook Preserve, a Royal River Conservation Trust property. I haven’t explored this property yet but hope to soon.

Dogs are not allowed on groomed trails in the winter.

Directions: Park on Libby Hill Rd., across from Gray-New Gloucester Middle School. A trail starts across the street from the parking lot. There is a snowmobile trail on the same side as the parking lot — don’t go down that! Unless you want to, but it’s not part of the Libby Hill trail network.


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