Androscoggin Woods is a 53-acre parcel that protects 10,000 feet of frontage along the Androscoggin River. The property contains significant wildlife habitat between the upland portion, 14 acres of wetlands, and along the nearly two miles of river. Thousands of freshwater mussels and clams can be found along the banks of the Androscoggin, functioning as filter feeders known to both improve water quality and provide a benchmark of the present day water quality of the river. There are numerous ledges, rocks, and a small island off shore that make for wonderful fishing and swimming spots, and the property is located near a boat launch, making it accessible for paddlers.
The new trail system follows the riverbank and meanders through the riverside forest. Located in Topsham, Androscoggin Woods provides beautiful views of the Androscoggin River as well as important habitat for many plants and animal species along the river and wetlands.
Directions: From the Topsham Fair Mall, head west on Route 196 towards Lisbon. After passing the I-295 overpass, continue west on Route 196/Lewiston Road for 4.5 miles. When you see W. Merrill Road on your right, slow down and look for the Androscoggin Woods property sign on the left side of the road just past the driveway for 1074 Lewiston Road. If you’ve hit Dewey Drive, you’ve gone too far! The parking area about 100 yards down the gravel driveway from Rt. 196.