Ron Chase| Seniors Not Acting Their Age | The Times Record
“Well-known in paddling circles for its Class III–V creeking, the Cathance River in Topsham is one of the more popular and challenging whitewater rivers in Maine. The Cathance River Trails provide a stimulating hiking alternative.
The Cathance River Trails are located in the Cathance River Nature Preserve and Head of Tide Park. Developed and managed by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust in concert with the Town of Topsham and Highland Green Retirement Community, over 9 miles of trails weave along the river and through the surrounding area.
A collection of small ponds and streams in rural Bowdoin and Topsham are the source of the Cathance River, which then winds circuitously to Merrymeeting Bay in Bowdoinham. Both the trails and whitewater are secreted away in a wilderness area between Interstate 295 and Cathance Road in Topsham. The trails offer a unique opportunity for hikers to visit the habitat of many varieties of birds and wildlife while exploring several scenic waterfalls.
Back-to-back December rainstorms provided a rare chance to hike the trails while high water was cascading over the falls. My wife, Nancy, our long-time friend, Bob Rowe, and I decided to take advantage of the unusual occurrence.” …
Featured photo: A hiker approaches one of five waterfalls on the Cathance River Trail. (Ron Chase)