Posted on September 3, 2018 and last updated on September 03, 2018

Macdonald Woods Conservation Area and Readfield Town Forest, Readfield


  • Preserve Size: 210 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~ 4 miles
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: home foundations, cemetery, woods, brook

The Kennebec Land Trust does a lovely job of maintaining its trails. This forest is no exception. When I visited in the summer of 2018, the wide grassy paths through the woods were mown, the signage at junctions was helpful, and the trails were well marked.  And there were juicy blackberries growing along the Inner Loop trail in the Readfield Town Forest section. 

Though the Town Farm Road (part of the trail system) is helpful for making loops, try as much as possible to stick to the pleasant walking interior walking paths that meander through the forests and past sites of historical interest.

To access the trail system, you can either park in a small parking area at the top of Kents Hill Road, right before it turns into a private way, or on the left side of the narrow Belz Road. There’s more room for cars at Kents Hill Road. From Kents Hill, you walk down a hill and you’ll shortly see signs for the walking paths on your right. Or, if you start on the Readfield Town Forest side, leave your car at Belz Road and walk .3 miles past the gate to the trail system.

Directions: From Route 133 near Berry Pond, turn north on North Wayne Road for 3 miles to the T; turn right (east) on the Kents Hill Road; go 1 mile uphill (past the Innes Ridge Rd on left); look for a KLT sign, parking is on the left side of the road at the sign. If you start at the Readfield Town Forest, turn right onto Hathaway Road from North Wayne Road, about 1.3 miles from Route 133. Go 0.7 mile and turn left onto Belz Road. Just before the gate at the end, park with care on the left side of the road. 


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