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Lots of improvements to this preserve since I last visited it. Hawkes Trail has been modified to include a change in the midsection. A section has been close (marked) and a new route created. Improvements include new catwalks and information stations. A few new trails too. Watch out for the poison ivy which is prevalent throughout.

I really like this trail is filled with fun trails to get a good hike in for the day. Also has a nice brook with an occasional beaver dam!

4 months ago

Nice short walk. Great for families. Has a storybook trail where kids can read a book while they walk. Also has a playground and picnic tables. Bring bug spray

4 months ago

Most of this trail is wonderfully marked, and then on Diamond Trail... you end up in a meadow FULL of ticks. It was nightmarish... our family of four were covered in appx 20 ticks a piece, and there were still ticks in our car the next day. (One fell from the ceiling onto my 5 yo's head. Good times.) So, when you get to the meadow, I highly recommend that you turn around!

5 months ago

Trying to find a positive..... Well, we crossed one nice little brook. That’s about it. Lots of flooded sections (even taking into consideration the time of year), poor signage, lots of logging activity, and dirt bike riders blowing past us. Too many good alternatives nearby to try this one again.

5 months ago

One of my favorites for both my dog and child! Great intro into hiking with the kids, and having the playground to go on afterwards. The dog could hop in the pond and was very happy. It may only be just more than a mile, but if you want to make it longer you can loop the other colored trails. Will try going to the connected trails next time!

5 months ago

Solid local hike. Couple of nice boggy areas with some birds. Fairly tucked underneath the trees most the hike.

Would be a great trail run with the amount of different trails you can attack.

8 months ago

Good trail, will keep it in mind for summer runs. Hard to follow at points - very clearly marked sometimes, but be careful not to venture too far north particularly on snowmobile trails and get off track

11 months ago

Quite a bit of tree damage from the recent storm. A few large trees fell across the Green trail and one on the Orange trail.

Great short hike. Several loops to add together.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

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.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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!

on Chaffin Pond

Monday, September 04, 2017

Nice and easy stroll through the woods. I love to bring my daughter here because of the playground and also the designated "story trail" for the kids. It is a nice, well kept area.

Friday, August 04, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

nice easy hike close to home

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

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

Wednesday, December 07, 2016


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Great trail. Well marked in most areas.

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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Easy enough trail, playground and sitting areas well maintained. Trails need little better signage to explain the nature around the trail and better trail markers. Overall a nice morning walk, I will return.

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.

on Lowell Preserve

Saturday, June 04, 2016

nice little place to wander through the woods...

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.

Easy walk around a small pond. Trail is unmarked but easy to follow. Very wet near the observation deck.

on Chaffin Pond

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Easy trail with great views. Very muddy in spots where it is level with the lake.

They have a neat off shoot trail called the story book trail that has placards with pages from the featured book on the trail. Under the picture, they have fun interactive activities that children can do until they get to the next placard.

The only downside I noticed is you really have to pay attention on the footpaths. It is deceving because they are well worn paths, but numerous saplings have been cut on them, and the stumps remain a few inches up. They blend in well so you end up tripping a bit on them. I always watch my footing when walking, and still ended up tripping a few times.

This in no way detracts from my enjoyment of the trail though. I recommend this for a light trail for a sunny afternoon.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pretty tame.

Monday, November 09, 2015

This was a great hike! The terrain was varied - flat, rocky, uphill, downhill. There were so many leaves on the ground, which made the trail hard to follow at times. But it's well marked with blazes of various colors. We followed the Yellow blazed-trail. The only downside, is hunting is allowed on the preserve during the season and we hadn't come prepared with orange markers for our dog.

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