Black Brook Preserve

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Black Brook Preserve is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Windham, Maine. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
108 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

muddy

snow

The Black Brook Preserve trail network has rolling hills, mature trees, and brooks along with a variety of wildlife and plant life. The trails are great location for bird watching and enjoying the historic charm of Windham. There are several miles of trails that cross through all areas of the Black Brook Preserve with over 600 feet of bog bridges to protect the wetlands and keep hikers feet dry. Cedar benches scattered along the trail to sit and enjoy the silence or have a snack. The historic charm, rural character and natural beauty that Windham is known for can all be found in the rolling hills, mature trees, and brooks of the preserve. There is also a wide variety of wildlife, plant life, and birds. Deer, beaver, coyote, fox, porcupines, raccoons, wild turkeys, partridge, skunks, owls, & egrets are among the wildlife seen here. This natural forested wetland is a haven for herons, ducks, songbirds, and fish. The preserve's newest residents are beavers; their dams and lodges can easily be found in the center of the preserve and along the trails that touch the brook. The Black Brook forms here in the Preserve and begins its journey meandering along through fields and forests until it empties into the Presumpscot River, which serves as part of Windham's western border six miles away.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

5 minutes from home, perfect for getting in a couple hours of hiking or snowshoeing after work. The trails are well marked and easy to follow even at night with a headlamp. A few short new connector trails have been added in the past year, allowing you to meander without having to follow the same loops all the time.

If you're following the Diamond Trail and reach the open grassy area, you can follow Diamond till you hit the grey (snowmobile) trail and get back to the parking area, but in spring-fall it's marshy and in the winter it's packed hard by sleds. Instead, turn left and follow the green (Deer) trail along the treeline, you'll come to a trail map at an opening in the trees with a new bridge just inside the treeline that meets the Hawkes Trail (red.) Follow this to the right to head back toward the southern end of the Diamond Trail (via the Pine Grove Trail) and the parking area. Or for a bit of hills, take the Momentum Trail - it's fun on snowshoes after a fresh dumping!(See the current trail map I posted.)

The bugs are ferocious, especially the deer flies, so make sure to bring insect repellent. The open grassy area is FULL of ticks so long pants treated with permethrin are a good idea.

5 months ago

Random trails through some woods.
Listen to 302 as you reach the end of the trail only to face a large field with no idea where to go.
Trudging through some sopping wet marshy areas to get back, I came across several crude oil pipeline warning posts.
Awesome.

hiking
Friday, September 30, 2016

Well kept and very quite, but I got lost halfway through the diamond trail due to the poor trail markers going the direction I went

Saturday, May 21, 2016

walking
Friday, April 01, 2016

hiking
Monday, February 08, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

geocaching
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Small set of trails skirting a brook and wet area. Lots of tree roots to walk over and trail has many wet areas. There are several wooden plaques noting the wildlife and common foliage which makes the walk educational. There are four Geocaches here.