QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: ~1,251 acres
- Trail Mileage: 1.2 miles of clearly blazed footpaths; xx miles of roads
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: Royal River watershed, 100-acre wetland
Trails in orange are footpaths; trails in blue are wider dirt tracks
Morgan Meadows is a 1,251-acre wildlife management area, overseen by the state. Like many wildlife management areas in Maine, it’s pretty wild. These areas all seem to vary in terms of mapping, footpaths, and accessibility. This particular one is slightly more accessible than average, in my opinion. But it’s still quite a bit rougher than your average landtrust preserve.
If you park off Egypt Road, at the pull-off where the big state sign and kiosk are located, you’ll see a pretty good map of the walking trails. These are blazed — but when I visited in the winter of 2008, with snow on the ground, I found it pretty hard to keep to the trail; it was easy to wander off. Also, one of the longer loops to Glover’s Wig seems to have disappeared. I couldn’t find a trail or blazes to mark it.
Other than the 1.2 miles of so of blazed footpaths, there are longer dirt roads that make their way through this area.
Directions: The parking areas for Morgan Meadow off of Egypt Road aren’t plowed in the winter, and this road is pretty fast, so you want to make sure you get off the road enough if you arrive by car. One of the entrances is just west of Westwood Road. You’ll see a road closed off by a gate. the other entrance is a little farther down Egypt Road, on the right. At this entrance, you’ll find a kiosk with a map of trails. There is also access to the land off North Raymond Road, 1.25 miles north of the eastern end of Egypt Road.