Claire Drew Trail

This network of family-friendly walking trails winds through a major tornado pathway and is perfect for use in any season.
Trail Activity
Length
1.4 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Gorham
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Woodchips, Grass, Groomed Snow
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

Located a short distance from downtown Gorham, the Claire Drew Trail provides a wide, gentle loop through the town-owned Chick Property, and makes for a great family hike in a natural setting. Side trails branch off the main loop towards the athletic fields and Narragansett School complex making it possible to add distance and make different loops. The trails are not marked, but they are easily followed. The trail is dedicated to Claire Drew, a school nurse, whose persistent efforts helped to make this trail a reality.

Of particular interest is the fact that the Claire Drew Trail lies within the path of a tornado, which touched down on the Chick Property during a significant weather event in July 2010. The tornado leveled once majestic pines, many which still stand on the perimeter of the property. The town cleared out all the downed wood, although some impressive 20' snags remain along sections on the trail.

Other Information

These trails are used by the University of Southern Maine, Gorham High School, and Gorham Middle School for cross-country practice and meets. Parts of this network are used by snowmobilers in the winter and clearly marked.

Trail Manager

Visit the Town of Gorham online for more information or contact:

Town of Gorham

Town of Gorham
75 South Street
Gorham, ME 04038
Phone: (207) 222-1630
recreation@gorham.me.us
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Trailhead Information

The Claire Drew Trail is accessed from behind the Gorham Public Safety Building (270 Main Street), which is located on ME Route 25, 0.3 miles east of the intersection with US Route 202/ME Route 4. Park in the lot closest to the playing fields. Walk across the fields, staying to the left, to reach the trailhead at the edge of the woods marked by a sign.

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tarapup
May 27, 2020
The trail is open. We didn't walk this trail today because of the previous comment, but stopped by after walking another trail. The town has a sign up saying it's open, there is no sign of construction and it looks open. Will be back to walk it soon.
cannelozier
August 27, 2019
This trail was gone the last time we tried to walk it. Major construction going on there. Not sure if the trail will be reinstated?
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