Bradley Pond Farm Preserve is a 163 acre easement property located along the shoreline of Bradley Pond, the head waters of the Cathance River. Conserved in 1991 through a conservation easement and still privately owned today, the easement donors wanted to protect their traditional farm forever and share its pastoral features with the public. The conservation easement protects prime agricultural soils and 4,000 feet of shoreline along the Cathance River and Bradley Pond, providing an important forested buffer to the Cathance River which flows into Merrymeeting Bay.
The property’s trails pass through quiet woods, along the edge of rolling fields, and provide views of Bradley Pond and the surrounding wetlands. Please note that this preserve does not provide access to Bradley Pond.
Please stay on marked trails, follow all posted trail guidelines to ensure continued public access while enjoying your visit, and be respectful of the landowners who call Bradley Pond Farm home.
Just over a mile long out and back trail is open to the public and provides views of rolling fields, stone walls, and Bradley Pond from the hush of deep woods.
Visitors may see deer and other forest mammals as well as waterfowl, forest, and field-dwelling birds such as woodcocks.
Please respect the landowners’ privacy by staying on trails, not crossing the fields, and observing all posted property guidelines. The trails are available for hiking, birding, and snowshoeing year round. Please note that there is no water access to Bradley Pond.
Directions to Bradley Pond Farm
The trailhead is located at the end of Bradley Pond Road in Topsham where Bradley Pond Road ends and a dirt driveway begins shortly before the property entrance where the road curves to the left. There is one public parking area located at the top of the driveway and no public vehicle access is permitted on the driveway passed the parking area.