Nature Trail, West Gardiner

This is a wooded trail system that has the imprint of the schoolchildren who attend the school across the way. This always makes for sweet walks, I think! Anyway, there’s a little over 2 miles in the trail network here, as well as a couple places to sit under shelter (Cat Camp and a little lean-to at the trailhead). Camp Dirt was mostly just a clearing when we visited in the spring of 2017. It can be a bit wet in here, and also a little confusing where the ATV trails intersect the walking paths. More info here.

Directions: From Gardiner, take High Street/Highland Avenue 5.3 miles. Turn left onto Spears Corner Road. The trail begins on the right side of the road 0.2 miles down, a bit beyond the West Gardiner Town Office, across from Helen Thompson School. A large sign marking the trailhead is visible from the road. There is room to park along side the road.