Roberts Farm Preserve is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Norway, Maine that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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Roberts Farm Preserve offers 7.5 miles of non-motorized, multi-use Nordic trails overlooking Norway Lake. The system includes a 0.7 universally accessible trail to a scenic outlook and a 2.2 miles hiking/dog walking snowshoe trail. The Roberts Farm Preserve offers an intricate trail system designed to support many outdoor activities year round. Much of the 165-acre piece of land is covered with both hard and soft woods and is situated above Lake Pennesseewassee, allowing expansive views of the lake and mountains beyond. The property and the parking area are conveniently located off of ME Routes 118 and 117 offering easy access for residents and visitors of the Oxford Hills Region. The trail system includes three types of trails: an ADA compliant loop, two cross-country ski trails of differing widths, and a hiking trail. With the exception of the hiking trail, all trails are open to multiple non-motorized uses. he ADA compliant trail offers a loop with a hike to a scenic view point. The loop, called a bird-feeder trail, is suitable for young children on skis or foot and is user-friendly for the elderly and handicapped. The scenic view trail, also wheelchair accessible, takes visitors to a scenic overlook of Lake Pennesseewassee. The trail has a width of 8 feet and has a smooth and stable surface of 1.5 inch screened gravel. In the spring, summer, and fall, this trail supports stroller and wheelchair users along with runners, and walkers. In the winter, one set of classic ski tracks is set. In short, this trail offers people of all ages and abilities access to the outdoors. Roberts Farm Preserve currently provides skiers and runners with 6.5 km of intermediate trails with a width of 12 feet that will be groomed for an 8-foot wide skate lane and a 4-foot wide classic set of tracks for skiing. The trail offers numerous loops of moderate difficulty and options for skiing on sections of trail with the most difficult ratings. All trails take advantage of the wooded forest, which allows for shade in the summer and wind protection in the winter. The trails also follow streams, old road beds, and stonewalls with three significant stream crossings over a 14-foot wide bridges. The hiking trail has two access points: at the Roberts Farm parking lot and at the rest area across from Lake Pennesseewassee on ME Routes 118 and 117. The 2km trail from the rest area climbs to the wider trail and follows it to the scenic point where it continues to weave around and through the trail system to the parking lot at Roberts Farm. The hiking trail is a primitive footpath that is also enjoyable for snowshoers in the winter months.
This place is a find! We did snowshoeing on the Noyes trail. The trail is well marked and of moderate difficulty. The highlight was the overlook over Pennesseewassee Lake. The warning hut was open and staffed by friendly, helpful volunteers. There's no charge, so please put a generous donation in the jar. Roberts Farm Preserve is highly recommended.
many intersecting trails. mostly gentle slopes and well shaded. for winter activities, a nice warming hut.
Pretty nice, very well maintained trails. I think it's more of a cross country skiing trail, then a hiking trail, but... It was certainly a nice walk. Some of the inclines were fairly steep.
I have been here a few times and only one section was opened, probably due to trail maintenance. The steady incline here is hard on my leg but this is a great area for the dog and to go geocaching.
I went on the Noyes trail. The trail was very easy to follow. Loved how it took you deep in the woods. Beautiful landscapes. They keep the trail well maintained. Very satisfying hike. Lots of birds and nature. Took me about an hr hr and a half with stopping to take pics and take everything in. I especially liked the stone sitting rock inside the trail along the path for rest or meditation.
My first visit to this preserve! It was a great hike despite the ice. Mostly geared for cross country skiers with trails for all levels of experience. The area was marked closed; likely due to low snow and icy conditions. Followed the dedicated well marked snowshoe trail that crosses the ski trail in several locations. Very nice walk/hike - the dogs always have fun too. Eagerly awaiting snow to return and try out the ski trail.
Awesome area- especially for cross-country skiers (they offer a warming hut with free ((good quality!)) equipment). There's only one trail to mountain bike on, and it is intermediate, with a nice bit of diversity and some solid challenges. The entire area is extremely well-maintained, and there is a super view of lake pennessewasse!