QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 1,846 acres
- Trail Mileage: 1.6 mile round trip
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: river's edge
Sprague Pond Trail in red, Mica Mine in green, Denny Reed in blue and New Meadows in lilac.
This is part of the Basin Preserve, a vast, sprawling tract of conserved land. The Nature Conservancy maintains several trails here: Mica Mine trail, Denny Reed Trail and the Sprague Pond Trail. The New Meadows Trail isn’t so much a walking path as it is a few old roads popular with ATVs and horseback riders. In .8 miles, you’ll come to the shore of the river. You can do a small loop here. Do not take the first left off of Hedgehog Road — you’ll wind up in someone’s back yard. There are other trails in the basin area, which I’ve marked on my map. They’re connected by a dirt road.
Directions: From Route 209 southbound in Phippsburg, turn right onto Basin Road (about 0.7 miles south of the intersection of 209 and Parker Head Road). Proceed on Basin Road (it turns to gravel) about 1.6 miles, passing two gravel roads intersecting from the right. At the intersection at mile ~1.6, stay right to continue on Basin Road, shortly passing a boat launch and viewpoint on the right. Keep going for another ~0.7 miles. You’ll see a dirt road with a series of boulders lining the right side of the road. This is Hedgehog Road and the beginning of New Meadows Trail.