The 230-acre Cathance River Nature Preserve, accessed from the Highland Green development, is a cooperative effort between Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Highland Green, and Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA). Public hiking and cross-country ski trails connect the Highland Green property with the Cathance River, passing quarries and a fascinating, almost-circular heath sanctuary. A trail circles the perimeter of the heath sanctuary and connects to the remainder of the preserve through a narrow corridor. The preserve slopes down to the river through a mix of fields and forest and follows 1½ miles of the Cathance River. The Cathance River Trail (white blaze) generally follows along the river for two miles, and continues off the Preserve (across a 60 ft aluminum bridge) onto adjacent conservation land. The Highland Trail (blue blaze) is an upland trail connecting two sections of the Cathance River Trail. Trails feel remote despite the proximity to busy downtowns and this stretch of the Cathance River includes Class IV rapids that are exciting to view during spring high water.

walking
8 months ago

Great walk wit some minor rock scrambling. Plenty of space to have a picnic lunch and multiple benches to rest and observe. Took me less than 40 minutes with a lit of photo taking. Easy to find and follow. Great little escape for a quick walk on lunch etc.

Beautiful river walking, a little bit of a hike… Was absolutely beautiful for the fact that you walk right alongside the river for a majority of the track, and you get to see all sorts of wildlife and beautiful habitat

Good for in/close to town.

walking
11 months ago

hard to find the public parking for "hikers" in the winter. Parked in the ecology center parking spots instead. Icy in spots but surprisingly accessible given the snow we've had.

hiking
Monday, December 05, 2016

We did this trail today for the second time. There are several trails, we did a little over 4 miles. Very nice trails, easy and well maintained.

The first time we did the trail it was in the middle of the summer and we were in a drought. The water was very low and we were able to climb out onto the rocks in the river. Today, after some rains, it was a different trail - walking along rapids, it was a different trail! Both times were fun, but I suggest going in different weathers!

We also did the Heath loop trail today, which is a super easy, flat trail with some bog bridges, around a mile. Would be a great trail for kids!

The parking lot is TINY with no street parking allowed. We tried the trail a couple weeks ago, and there were no spots, so if you want to go, start early.

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

nice quiet trail, nice steam with small falls.

hiking
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Fun trails and not very difficult, but can be fun. Not one of my faves, but I'm willing to give it another shot in the spring!

hiking
Friday, June 01, 2012

There are a variety of different trials located at "the highlands" retirement center and a lot of them connect to each other so you can easily make your hike longer. They are owned by the cathance river nature preserve. They are all well marked, easy trails with nice scenic views of streams, ponds and quarys. There are a few benches and picnic tables you might find along the trail. Great picnic spots. They did have a sign that said no pets. They have an ecology center there as well.

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