QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 35 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~.5 miles
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: old fields, floodplain forest, Royal River
A short trail on this 35-acre preserve crosses a little meadow and then follows the gentle curves of the wide Royal River for a bit. It doesn’t seem many people visit because the path through the meadow is faint. I was not sure where the riverside trail ended, but I followed the river a ways just because it’s so lovely here. There is also a picnic table near the river if you want to stay a while.
This is a place to visit in all seasons. The river is royally wide — good for swimming? Certainly for canoeing.
Directions: Head north on Main Street (Route 115) past the East Elm Street traffic light, turn right on Sligo Road. Go 0.4 mile to the Water District just beyond the railroad crossing. Park in the turnaround to the left of the YWD parking lot. There is space for 2-3 cars.