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.
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.
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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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