Explore the most popular trails in Cathance River Nature Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

hiking
over grown
private property
rocky
7 days ago

I would rate this trail to be moderate from easy. This definitely not good for my 5 year old. One area houses are being developed need fix trail around it or add better markers on tree to follow. Otherwise good exercise. Beautiful waterfalls! A lot of broken wood bridges that needs be replaced!

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful trails! Scenic river views! Even caught glimpses of a crane and a doe with a fawn.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! And very well maintained. We did this with very young kids and it was a great success. There are multiple exit points along the river to return to the parking spot, which weren’t on the AllTrails map. We used one of these to cut short the hike.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and well marked. I heard bullfrogs in the vernal pond. Nature at its best!

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
2 months ago

Very good views of the lake but that’s the only pro to this trail. It’s in a subdivision that’s under construction. Very muddy, lots of broken wood bridges, TONS of mosquitoes and flies, and possibly one of the worst marked trails I have been on the further you go.

hiking
bugs
closed
muddy
3 months ago

Great trail along a river, but beware of the construction- there's a note at the trailhead by the ecology center describing how to traverse the construction site that we missed!

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great trail and not too hard for beginners. There were a few areas that were rerouted due to flooding, but it was easily marked and trails were very easy to follow. Cannot wait to see this trail and hike it in the warmer months.

walking
4 months ago

Went the first week of May after snow melted and a very rainy April....the rapids were spectacular. I was not expecting to see in the middle of this residential community. Parked at the eco center parking (the “hiker parking” seems to be swallowed by construction of the housing development). Tried to do the full loop on the cathance river trail but ended up turning around and doubling back as I didn’t want to walk through an active construction site.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Lost of forestry down due to the amount of wind and rain Brunswick/Topsham has had.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

on Cathance River Trail

hiking
6 months ago

I love this trail! The river views are gorgeous. I’ve hiked and snowshoed these trails and I cannot wait to see how this trail looks in all 4 seasons.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Beautiful and peaceful trail..

hiking
11 months ago

I have always loved these local trails! Beautiful, well maintained and peaceful.

hiking
Sunday, August 26, 2018

It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to.

hiking
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Beautiful hike. Really enjoyable and relatively easy.

hiking
Saturday, July 07, 2018

Very peaceful. Hiked over 6 miles by starting at the Head of Tide Park. Most of the trail was well marked but there were a few places that the trail was hard to follow. Bugs were minimal here

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Vary peaceful

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Lovely trail along the rushing river

walking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

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.

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