Black Brook Preserve
From the traffic circle in Windham where US Routes 302 and 202 and ME Route 4 intersect, follow US Route 202/ME Route 4 south just under one mile to the intersection with Windham Center Road. Turn left (east) onto Windham Center Road and continue another 0.3 miles to the gravel parking area and trailhead on the left (north) side of the road. The trail network can also be accessed from US Route 202 across from the School Road intersection 0.6 miles south of the traffic circle.
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 hiker’s 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.
In 2001, the Windham Land Trust was fortunate to have as its initial acquisition a 105-acre parcel of land in the center of Windham. This is land has changed little since the town was incorporated in 1735, and now will remain undeveloped and in its natural state forever. The Windham Land Trust merged with the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust in 2016.
The Preserve is open year round to the public for hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobile riding (on the designated trail). You can go blueberry picking in early summer in both of the large fields and in early September you can find large wild blackberries along the trails in the woods.
Presumpscot Regional Land Trust supports healthy lands, waters, wildlife, and people across the Presumpscot River watershed through conservation, water quality monitoring, education, and public access. Our success is based on member support. To learn more and become a member go to www.prlt.org.
This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.
Visit the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust online for more information or contact:
Presumpscot Regional Land Trust
PO Box 33
Gorham, ME 04038
Phone: (207) 839-4633
Check for nearby geocaches to Black Brook Preserve.
Leave No Trace Principle
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Stick to established trails and campsites. If there's no trail, try to walk on rock, gravel, or snow and spread out so that your group doesn't create a trail.