QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 500 acres
- Trail Mileage: 5.7 miles in network (and growing!)
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy to moderate
- Sights: views, Chapman Brook
From the trailhead on North Road, you can hike approximately 2.3 miles to a highpoint on the land with a lovely view from an open clearing. The ascent is gradual, and the path is well marked. You can also follow a roughly 1.5-mile pathway up the brook, checking out cascades, small gorges, and pools along the way. It’s a continual uphill walk, so be ready! The path ended at a sign in September, 2021, saying, “End of Trail (For Now!).”
If you prefer to walk in the forest adjacent to the Androscoggin River, you can cross the road and make a 1.1-mile loop on the Esker Trail. Part of the trail takes you along the esker ridge — and as far as eskers go, it’s quite dramatic — high and narrow. The riverside portion of the trail offers views through trees of the river.
Directions: From the intersection of Route 2 and North Road, drive about 5.25 miles. The trailhead is a little under a mile after you pass the Crocker Pond House. There will a large parking area and trail head kiosk on your right.