Crystal Spring Farm, one of the Land Trust’s properties, has five miles of trails provide views of active farm fields, pastured sheep, quiet woods, a water-filled quarry, a rare natural community, the Tom Settlemire Community Garden, and more.
Just 1.5 miles from downtown Brunswick, you can find natural beauty and tranquility amidst and adjacent to this spectacular working farm.
Agricultural fields and farm residence are leased, so please stay on trails, be respectful of leased areas, and park only in designated parking areas.
Directions to Crystal Spring Farm – South: 277 Pleasant Hill Rd, Brunswick. Park in the gravel parking lot left of the tree-lined driveway. The residence and farm buildings are leased and not open to the public.
Directions to Crystal Spring Farm – North & Tom Settlemire Community Garden: End of Maurice Drive, Brunswick. At the end of Maurice Drive, turn left into Horizons nursing care facility, then immediately right into the small lot marked with a Land Trust sign. The trailhead is marked by a kiosk in the woods to the right when facing the Garden entrance gate .
Bradley Pond Farm is a privately owned working farm in Topsham that is permanently protected by a conservation easement held by the Land Trust.
Two miles of trails are open to the public, providing views of hayfields, stone walls, and Bradley Pond from the hush of deep woods.
Visitors may see deer and other forest mammals, waterfowl, and forest and field-dwelling birds.
Please respect the landowners’ privacy, stay on trails, and observe use restrictions. The trails are available for hiking and skiing (no vehicles) and there is no water access to the Pond.
Directions to Bradley Pond Farm: End of Bradley Pond Rd, Topsham. The road turns to dirt and curves to the left at the property entrance. There are two gravel parking areas, marked by kiosks, both to the left of the driveway. The preserve is located on privately owned land that is open to the public for hiking and skiing – please stay on designated trails.
Skolfield Preserve is a small preserve of mature mixed woods abutting the salt marsh of Middle Bay Cove in Brunswick.
It is rich with history, located near a traditional portage site used by Native Americans and once the site of an 18th century shipyard. Its location adjacent to the marsh makes it very valuable to migratory birds – over 150 bird species have been observed in and around the preserve. No dogs or bikes, please!
Directions to Skolfield Preserve: Rt 123/Harpswell Rd, Brunswick, just across from Sea Grass Farm Rd. Look for a drainage culvert and narrow gravel access driveway, leading to a brown wooden sign with white lettering on the edge of the woods. Note: the Preserve is located just before the Harpswell town line, and not at the large farm and orchard.
The Cathance River is a hidden gem in the Trust’s service area of Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoin.
Over two miles of trails snake along the river and through its uplands, providing views of the pristine river and its undisturbed natural surroundings.
The trail can be accessed from two locations, both leading to the impressive 60-foot aluminum Clay Brook pedestrian bridge which was locally designed and fabricated.
Across the bridge lie an additional five miles of trail at the Cathance River Preserve. Most of this trail is on privately owned, conserved land, so stay on trails and observe posted use restrictions.
Directions to Head of Tide Park: Cathance Road, Topsham. Coming from the south, parking areas are located on the right just before short bridge over the river, and on the left just past the bridge (across from picnic table shelter).
The Cathance River Nature Preserve provides five miles of trails along and near the Cathance River, passing through quiet woods, an unusual 30-acre heath, vernal pools, and the wildest part of the river. In the spring, hikers can see (and hear!) the roar of Class 4 rapids along the Rapids Trail and the chorus of spring peepers in nearby vernal pools.
The Preserve is located on privately owned land that is permanently conserved by an easement held by the Trust.
Please respect the landowner’s generosity in sharing this beautiful area and observe use restrictions.
Dogs and bikes are not allowed at the Preserve.
Directions to Cathance River Nature Preserve: Cathance River Nature Preserve is located at the Highland Green development in Topsham. From Route 201 in Topsham, take Route 196 east (Coastal Connector) to the first set of lights. Turn left at the lights into Highland Green on Village Drive. Due to ongoing construction, Hiker Parking is in the process of being relocated and may be closed periodically to facilitate movement by construction vehicles. Please use Ecology Center parking (on left side of Evergreen Circle just past Junco Drive) and park efficiently to allow space for others. All trails can be accessed from Ecology Center parking. Check back here for updates and an updated map.
Chase Reserve, a 194-acre easement property, is part of the largest remaining coastal unfragmented forest block in Cumberland County. It provides diverse habitat including mixed woods, late successional stands of white pine and hemlock, vernal pools, open fields, and other natural features.
Public access to upland portions of the property is in the works. A mile-long trail will connect a small parking area on Bunganuc Road with trails on adjacent conserved land in Freeport.