The Howard property is a 4-acre easement in Topsham and is valued for hosting a short section of the Cathance River Trail (CRT) and protecting Cathance River shore frontage. One of a string of conservation properties which together connect Head of Tide Park to Cathance River Nature Preserve via the CRT, the Howard property anchors one side of the impressive, 60-foot, aluminum Clay Brook bridge. Across the bridge lie an additional five miles of trails at the Cathance River Nature Preserve.
Public access to this property is limited to the Cathance River Trail, which provides excellent views of the river amidst deep woods.
The trail on the Howard Property is part of the Cathance River Trail, accessed from Head of Tide Park. Most of this trail is on privately owned, conserved land, so stay on trails and observe posted use restrictions. This 2 mile section of trail leads 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.
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).