QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 271 acres
- Trail Mileage: More than 3 miles in network (as of summer 2017)
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: pond, outdoor 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) was built with beginner mountain bikers in mind, I think. It is smooth, and wide, and pretty. I think you might even be able to get a wheelchair in here (although there are some rough patches). The land trust has also built a dedicated 1/2-mile ADA-accessible path.
The trail network linking Shepard Farm and Witt Swamp is not yet complete. A map at the Shepard’s Farm trailhead says two new trails will be complete by 2019. The main parking lot is on Crockett Ridge Road, although it looks like there’s a pullover space on Pleasant Street for a few cars.
Another delightful part of this preserve are the six Bernard Langlais sculptures that dot the mowed pastureland. I couldn’t see a dedicated trail through the fields in the spring of 2017, but it seems as if it’s okay to wander around, checking out the works.
Directions: From Route 118, turn onto Crockett Ridge Road. In about 1/2-mile, turn into the trailhead parking lot. It comes up a bit suddenly, and the sign was slightly difficult to see in the spring of 2017 when I visited.