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Hawkes Preserve

Owned and managed by the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust (PRLT), this is a 1-mile nature loop trail, through hemlock forests and along the scenic Presumpscot River, and includes the historic canal towpath.
Trail Activity
Mountain-biking Snowshoeing Walking
1.0 mile, Loop
Dirt/Forest Floor


There is a 1-mile nature loop trail on the Hawkes Preserve, which includes several stops to learn more about the natural area.  The trail winds through hemlock forests, along the scenic Presumpscot River and includes the historic Cumberland and Oxford Canal. This is a cool and shady summer hike.

Read about MTF Accessibility Ambassador Enock Glidden's visit to the Hawkes Preserve using his wheelchair at MTF Stories.

Other Information

The Hawkes Preserve is adjacent to the Great Falls Elementary School and the trail can be accessed from the school. There is no hunting allowed on the Hawkes Preserve and motorized vehicles are not allowed (excluding snowmobiles).

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

Trail Manager

Visit the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust online for more information or contact:

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust
PO Box 33
Gorham, ME 04038
Phone: (207) 536-8623

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Trail Tips

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Trailhead Information

Great Falls School Trailhead: 73 Justice Way, Gorham. Parking is to the left of the school, near the woods.  The trail begins at the bottom of the hill by the school's outdoor classroom.  All visitors who arrive during school hours are asked to please check-in at the front desk.  

Tow Path Trailhead: At the end of Tow Path Road off Route 202 in Gorham.

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December 12, 2020
I live in Gorham, and this is a nice easy trail to walk with good views of the Presumpscot River. Historical and educational too!
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