Royal River Hiking Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gray, Maine that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Pineland Public Land Unit offers abundant wildlife and a pleasing landscape of forests over rolling hills. Hikers are invited to explore this hidden property. Located about four miles east of the center of the Town of Gray, the Pineland Public Lands includes more than 600 acres in Gray, North Yarmouth, and New Gloucester. The forests on this land, along with the nearby agricultural fields, which are now privately owned, once supplied the needs of hundreds of residents and staff at the Pineland Center. Now, this wonderful area of undeveloped forests helps to fill the growing need for open space and outdoor recreation. Pineland has 3.2 miles of loop trails to offer its visitors. Taking hikers through ever changing woodlands, the 1.7-mile North Loop Trail covers some steep slopes to reach the Royal River. On the other side of the road there is the 1.5-mile South Loop Trail taking visitors on a pleasant hike through the woods on more gentle slopes. Those interested in the natural treasures of this woodland can travel off trail and find rare Maine blackgum tupelo trees as well as large and impressive pines, oaks, and hemlocks. For another woodland attribute, Pineland has the claim of being home of the biggest ironwood trees in the state. Pineland offers a wide variety of wildlife habitat, which provides opportunity to see a vast range of animals. Upland species include white-tail deer, red fox, snowshoe hare, red squirrel, gray squirrel, ruffed grouse, woodcock, and wild turkey. In addition, where the forests meet the privately owned fields there is habitat for bluebirds, meadowlarks, and kestrels.
nice little trail, very quiet and flat
Went here on a rainy Saturday and only saw one other person. Beautiful forest landscape. Can do 1.8 miles or add the extra loop to make it longer.
Nice, well marked trails. The north loop is nicer for hiking, and if you follow the "Spur trail to Royal River" indicated by a small yellow sign it leads to the river near an old railroad bridge. Just kinda interesting to see the train tracks/bridge out there. The south loop is just a little way down the road on the opposite side from the parking, but is a little boring of a hike. Both trails would probably be awesome for snowshoeing and I plan to go back in winter.
starts at north loop trail. it's actually only 1.7 miles. when you almost get done the loop there is another trail you can follow that is 1.8 miles called south loop. nice short walk, very open space.