QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 100 acres
- Trail Mileage: 3 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: woods, challenges course
Unity College students can walk off campus and into the woods and either go for a long walk on the 47-mile Hills to Sea Trail, which extends all the way to Belfast, or they can do a shorter walk on the well-marked 3-mile system of trails around campus. The college trails are mostly wide tracks, all named and signed, and they look good for running, walking, and skiing. It looks like a committed group of college students maintains the trails. Additionally there is a challenges course, with ropes and such, that is off limits for the public but looks promisingly fun if you’re a student.
In places it looks like the trails can be quite muddy, and the college has laid down boards in what are probably some of the worst spots.
One of the trails, Sugarbush, is paved and universally accessible. The .2-mile trail connects the main campus to what appears to be overflow or satellite parking off Route 202. It starts near the Cottage PINs (as marked on Google maps) which are the first cluster of buildings you see on your right off the Loop Road, if you’re driving onto campus from Route 202 on Quaker Hill Road.
Note: We found the connector trail to the Connor Mills trail across the street a bit confusing, since it ended in someone’s backyard (after passing through a glorious field of lupines). There is a trailhead kiosk to the left of the house on the roadside, but the trail was not mown to this spot when we visited.
Unity College is a great choice for students who want to pursue environmental careers.
Directions: There are several places to access the trail network from Unity’s campus. All of the trailheads have large kiosks with maps. According to Unity Barn Raisers, parking is available on campus at the top of the College Loop Road across from the Quimby Library.