QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 188 acres
- Trail Mileage: 3.5 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: Minnow Brook, small ponds
Map shows Pride Preserve trails in blue and Hardy Road trails in green.
This 188-acre Presumpscot Regional Land Trust preserve has a couple of picturesque streams winding along in the woods, one with a small cascade reached via a trail spur off the 1.5-mile yellow loop (see the trail map). There are also a couple of tiny ponds that look skate-able, if the conditions are right.
Pride Preserve is connected via a 0.5-mile old woods road to the 63 acres of Hardy Road Conservation Area in Falmouth, allowing walkers to do a 4.5-mile grand loop. It appears that a good part of the trails on the Pride Preserve take advantage of old logging roads, so they are mostly wide and flat. Some of the forest also appears to be recovering from harvesting.
We found the most pleasant part of the preserve to be the 1-mile blue loop through youngish forest. Part of the trail follows a stream. The small yellow spur close to the parking area on Duck Pond Road ends at an old cemetery.
Directions: You can park at the larger trailhead for Pride Preserve off Duck Pond Road, which is off of Route 302. You can also park at the smaller parking area off Hardy Road in Falmouth.