Posted on January 12, 2014 and last updated on May 31, 2021

Topsham Ponds Trails (near the transfer station), Topsham


  • Preserve Size: 180 acres
  • Trail Mileage: Several miles
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Topsham Ponds, meadows, woods

There are many miles of tracks behind the town transfer station, including more than four miles of single track, used by mountain bikers, skiers, runners, horseback riders, and four-wheelers. In 2018, a group began building trails for mountain biking (the squiggly lines on the map), and they’ve done a great job.

The easy and smooth mountain bike trails are beautifully made and maintained, so great for beginners. They let you glide through sun-dappled and quiet woods. Additionally, I appreciate that the four segments of the trail form one large loop, making it easy to know where you are at all times.

Meanwhile, the ATV trails wind all around, linking backyards to the network. It’s amazing that an area that arose from garbage-filled landfills can be so idyllic! The two ponds—Big Eddy and Little Eddy—are warm and shallow. Humans can’t swim in them — but it’s okay to let a dog wade in.

Directions: The trail system is off of Townsend Way, the road to the town’s transfer station. There is a trailhead and parking area on the left, right before the gate to the transfer station.  


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