Lowell Preserve

MODERATE 27 reviews

Lowell Preserve is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Windham, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
387 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

The Lowell Preserve is over 300 acres of a forested conservation area that has over 8 miles of trails for all types of users from hikers to ATV users. This wooded trail system consists of a number of loops ranging in length from 0.3 to 3.4 miles. The trails are a mixture of packed earth and rocky surfaces that have various elevation inclines throughout the area, and are used by hikers, mountain bikers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, horseback riders, and snowmobilers. The Lowell Preserve consists of three main trail loops marked by yellow, blue and green blazes. The yellow-blazed loop is called the Libby Hill Loop Trail and circumvents the boundary of the property, almost 3.5 miles. Most of the Libby Hill Loop Trail is for hiking, mountain bikes and ATV users. The blue-blazed trail is called the Virginia Trail and heads towards the center of the property, looping back after ending about half way into the property. The Virginia Trail is 1.7 miles in length. The green-blazed trail is called the Roscoe Loop trail and is a 1.5 mile loop in the northern section of the property. Orange and red blazed connector trails link the main loops. Follow the link below for a map showing the trail names and blaze colors. Allowed uses within the trail network include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATVing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Trails and trail sections are marked to show allowed uses. Please respect the signs.

1 month ago

Great short hike. Several loops to add together.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Great place for trail running. But be aware of where you are it connects to the North Falmouth Community Forest and easily adds on several miles.

hiking
2 months ago

We did the Libby Loop trail which is the perimeter trail of the preserve. There are some pretty places along this trail and some not so pretty that go through cutover areas.
We hiked it when it had been dry for a while, but you could tell that if it had been rainy that several areas would be muddy, so if hiking during wet weather, you will want boots.
Signage is difficult, what with so many trails. There are large yellow arrow signs meant for ATV's, so if you are following the yellow Libby Loop signs, ignore the large arrow signs. Parts of the Libby Loop have only green signs where they combine with another trail, and the parts around the top of the Loop down toward Little Duck Pond don't have any signs. I had the map on my phone and used this to make sure I did not go the wrong way.
Overall, I liked this hike, it had some hills and was a nice walk through the woods close to my home. This is not a destination hike where you will be wowed by the magnificent views, but is a nice getaway.
Warning ! The preserve allows hunting, so be sure to wear hunter orange on yourself and on your dogs during hunting season. And no WHITE!

hiking
4 months ago

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6 months ago

nice easy hike close to home

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hiking
7 months ago

I enjoyed the hike, the terrain, and the options of trails to take, however, the trails weren't well marked. Wear your mud boots and beware of porcupines

mountain biking
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hiking
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Great trail. Well marked in most areas.

hiking
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

horribly marked trail. If you can figure out where to go it seems like there are a lot of different paths to take. Very muddy as ATVs are allowed to use much of the trail. Parking is located at the fire station.

trail running
Monday, June 06, 2016

Many of the trails allow ATV use, which causes huge mud puddles. The back side of the preserve is pretty nice. If you are looking for a longer route, it connects to North Falmouth Woods adjacent to the wetland in the very back. Also trail maps are quite difficult to read because the markers are either faded or different colors.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

nice little place to wander through the woods...

hiking
Sunday, May 22, 2016

went & did the blue & green trail today at the advice of a hiker who knew the trail. trail is nice a few muddy spots which I had to go around & had to walk across some rocks to get over a few brooks. trail has a map at each intersection but they're not really marked well as to where you are. there is also yellow arrow signs which are for the atv trail so don't follow those,believe me we learned the hard way,lol But overall a nice hike,a little more on the easy side.

hiking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pretty tame.