Posted on September 24, 2019 and last updated on June 03, 2022

Red Rose Preserve, Bowdoinham


  • Preserve Size: 62 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 1 mile loop
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy, with some steep sections
  • Sights: hayfields, forest

The well-designed loop trail begins and ends at two corners of the school’s ballfields. When you park in the lot, on the side farthest from Bowdoinham Community School, you’ll see the trailhead kiosk set a short distance from the parking lot, between the lot and the ballfields.

From the kiosk, walk along the ballfield and look for the two trail entrances into the woods at the two back corners of the field. The looped Gully Trail heads steeply down and over a beautiful boardwalk (on both sides!). The trail is mostly wooded, with one section coming out on some pretty hayfields. I absolutely love the name of the preserve—it’s poetic and alluring. But I didn’t spot any roses! I did see many beautiful ferns.

Directions: Take Route 1 south from Bath toward Brunswick. Take the ME-196 W exit toward ME-24/I-295/Topsham. Turn right at the first intersection after the exit. Then turn left onto ME-24 N and follow for 7.4 miles. Turn left onto Ridge Road and drive up the hill. Park in the gravel lot for Bowdoinham’s sports fields.


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