Posted on May 16, 2014 and last updated on March 26, 2021

Pownalborough Court House Trails, Dresden


  • Preserve Size: >75 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~4.3 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: wheelchair-accessible path, old court house, Goodwin family cemetery, Kennebec River

The Lincoln County Historical Association received a grant from the state to build miles of trails through the 75 acres of woods across from its old court house (where you can check out real stocks!). There are lots of sweet surprises in the forest, particularly in the springtime when the wildflowers begin to peek out. “A stream runs through a steep, densely wooded ravine containing several small dells,” according to the association. “As a result the terrain is sheltered and the trees have grown to great height.”

Also, a new wheelchair-accessible trail has been added to the trail system, too, which is wonderful. 

Be warned though: as soon as you head off the universally accessible trail, it gets very steep as you head away from the courthouse. The trail signage is abundant and helpful.

Directions: If you’re coming from Richmond on Rte. 197, turn left at the intersection with the blinking lights onto Rte.128. Go 1.3 miles to the court house on your left. Parking is possible in two places: down the driveway and to your left a bit, or at the side of a field across from the driveway.


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