Posted on June 13, 2017 and last updated on August 09, 2017

Meadow Brook Preserve, Swanville


  • Preserve Size: 372 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 1.7 miles
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: spruce-fir forests, Hurds Pond

If you are interested in what beavers can accomplish, you should check out this 372-acre protected area! The beaver dam is on the Rocky Knolls trail — in the northern part of the preserve — and makes it very difficult to complete the .66-mile loop, since the new pond has drowned the trail. I found this trail also quite overgrown when I visited in June 2017.

The one-mile (one way) trail on the souther side, the Hauk-Fry Trail section, starts off on an overgrown little path, but gets easier to walk once you arrive at the little boardwalk. Then you walk through pretty regenerating forest to the wetlands around Hurd’s Pond. The Coastal Mountains Land Trust protects this land.

According to the latest Land Trust map, you can cross the small waterway onto the land across the way for another view.

Directions: From Route One in Belfast, head north on High Street/Route 137 from Route One for approximately 1.8 miles, then take a slight right onto Oak Hill Road. In 2 miles, the Hauk-Fry Tract will be on your right, and .3 miles further you will arrive at Tract #1 on the right. You’ll walk by a home on a grassy path.


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