Posted on May 22, 2017 and last updated on October 09, 2023

Shepard Farm’s Preserve and Witt Swamp, Norway


  • Preserve Size: 272 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~4.5 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: epic boardwalk, pond, sculpture, field, wetland, universally-accessible trail

If there was a competition for best trail in Maine, this would be a contender! While there aren’t the dramatic views that other trails might have, the Western Foothills Land Trust has made an impressive forest path. The trail from Shepard’s Farm over to Pleasant Street (roughly 2.6 miles) seemingly was built with beginner mountain bikers in mind. It is smooth, wide, and pretty. I think you might even be able to get a wheelchair in here (although there are some rough patches). However, the land trust has also built a dedicated 1/2-mile ADA-accessible path in the art-filled field close to the Crockett Ridge Road trailhead.

The trail network linking all the trails across Shepard Farm and Witt Swamp is not yet complete. But you can make a fantastic loop if you take the impressive Half Witt Trail (hah!), which is composed almost entirely of a curving boardwalk through the cedar swamp. The loop is about 4 miles if you leave from the Crockett Ridge trailhead, and a bit under 2 miles if you start from Pleasant Street.

Another delightful part of this preserve is the cluster of Bernard Langlais sculptures that dot the pastureland.

Directions: The main parking lot is on Crockett Ridge Road, although you can also park at two trailheads on Pleasant Street. From Route 118, turn onto Crockett Ridge Road (121 Crockett Ridge Road). In about 1/2-mile, turn right into the trailhead parking lot. Also, there is a small parking area for the Witt Swamp trailhead on Pleasant Street (at 570 Pleasant St), and a larger area to pullover at the trailhead for the Half Witt Trail a bit farther along Pleasant Street.

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