QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 1,910 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~5 miles in network
- Pets: no
- Difficulty: easy to moderate
- Sights: 10-acre spring-fed pond, pitch pine forests
Sprague Pond Trail in red, Mica Mine in green, Denny Reed in blue and New Meadows in lilac.
You can do a longish walk in the woods here around Sprague Pond on the Basin Preserve, a huge tract of land protected by The Nature Conservancy. You can make a longer walk here if you include the Mica Mine, Denny Reed and New Meadows trails, all connected by a dirt road. The high points of the trail, literally, are massive boulders with ledge tops and scruffy pines. The preserve also has a deep water pond, with rock ledges (for sunning!) and for jumping off of into the cold water. TNC says that in 2006 an anonymous donor gave The Nature Conservancy 1,910 acres in Phippsburg, including miles of coastline around The Basin, a saltwater inlet on the New Meadows River. The Denny Reed, Mica Mine and New Meadows trails are also part of this land.
If you don’t want to do the loop, which is about 3.5 miles, you can hike the short access trail (short, maybe .25 miles, but quite steep!) from Route 209 to Sprague Pond. There is a short trail, called the Meditation Trail, that goes about halfway round the pond. The access trail from Basin Road is about .7 miles.
Directions: To access this loop, find the parking area off Basin Road, a bit less than a mile from Route 209. TNC is growing chestnut trees in the field by the trailhead as part of an effort to produce blight-resistant seeds. There is also a parking lot off Route 209, which is much closer to the little swimming pond.
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