Posted on March 28, 2021 and last updated on March 28, 2021

Shaw Cherry Hill Farm, Gorham

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: 258 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~2.7 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: fields, woods, Presumpscot River

The crowds were out on a relatively warmish Saturday on these wide, smooth paths. Puppies galore! The popularity of this wonderful trail system, which edges a sweep of fields before making a couple of loops in an old forest, seems to indicate a big need for more universally accessible trails in beautiful areas.

The Shaw Brothers Family Foundation finished the trails in 2019. The 2.7 miles or so in the network are mostly flat, and they’re laid with crushed gravel (I’m probably getting that wrong! But they’re not paved and they’re not dirt). They’re well marked with signs, and along the way, the Shaw family has carved out rough but comfortable benches out of old felled trees. The trailhead kiosk has a map with trail lengths.

On a Saturday afternoon in spring, the large parking area (big enough for maybe 40 cars or so) was nearly filled. Older people, younger people, kids on bikes, people with strollers, dog walkers, and families with children in tow were all out. But it didn’t feel that crowded, since the trail system is stretched out over the 258 or so acres. Ideally, every town would have a large park and a trail system like this so that everyone — no matter their walking ability — could get outside for a stroll through nature. I know these kind of trails are pricey to build, but everyone loves them.

According to the Gorham Times, these trails are groomed in the winter.

Directions: The parking lot is located on Main Street in Gorham, Maine, next to Sebago Brewing Company. Good for a refresher after your walk!

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