Posted on April 16, 2015 and last updated on August 16, 2017

Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, Lewiston


  • Preserve Size: 372 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~4.4 miles in network
  • Pets: no
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: meadow, woods

I believe the Stanton Bird Club manages this protected 372-acre plot in the city. The preserve includes a wide meadow, which I’m sure is a great place to spot birds. To protect wildlife, dogs aren’t allowed, but there does seem to be some interesting human activities allowed, evidenced by a massive stone chimney (Anthony Fireplace) surrounded by stone benches. As for walking, there’s a ~4.4-mile network of trails, mostly wooded, with the exception of the trails by the meadow. There is a fairly good climb here — the sanctuary encompasses the highest point in the city. The loop I show on my map is roughly 2.7 miles.

Directions: The parking lot I used was at the end of a dead-end street, East Avenue. East Avenue intersects with Montello Road before it comes to an end, about 1/4-mile later. Thorncrag Sanctuary is on Google maps, too.



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