Parking at Cathance River Nature Preserve
The status of Hiker Parking at Cathance River Nature Preserve remains in flux due to active development in the vicinity. We will try to post updates as things change.
Please note that Ecology Center parking will be closed for paving at some points in the coming week (April 22-29), most likely on Tuesday.
Please respect roped off areas – cars will be towed by the contractor! No parking is allowed along the roads of Highland Green.
So what to do if you were hoping for a nice hike along the Cathance? We encourage you to use the parking at Head of Tide Park, which is plentiful and easy to access along the Cathance Road in Topsham.
Head of Tide Park is a just 1.4 mile hike from CRNP. From the Park, the Cathance River Trail (click for trailmap) snakes along the river and through its uplands, providing views of the pristine river and its undisturbed natural surroundings. The trail leads to the impressive 60-foot aluminum Clay Brook pedestrian bridge which was locally designed and fabricated and provides a trail connection to CRNP. Click HERE to read more about how this great trail connection was made possible.
Another option is to park at the golf clubhouse at Highland Green and walk on the sidewalk to trails. It is about half a mile to the golf cart path across from Sparrow Drive, which provides access to the Heath Trail. It is about ¾ mile to the trailhead at the Ecology Center.