The flat half-mile loop trail in a 100-acre preserve along the Royal River provides gentle walking with occasional plank bridges to avoid wet areas. The forested trail provides views onto the river's fresh water flood plain marsh and vernal pools, a popular destination for birders and sports. The marsh is an outstanding vantage point for observing migrating birds especially in May of each year.
The Royal River Conservation Trust encourages bank fishing and boat launching for recreation or hunting on the Royal River on Preserve land 200 feet south of the trailhead and kiosk, and also at a second access point on Penney Road. This section of the Royal River may be suitable only for informed boaters due to variable water levels and trees blocking passage. When paddling, please respect private landowners and signage along the river regarding fiddlehead harvest.
Visit the Royal River Conservation Trust online for more information or contact:
The New Gloucester Intervale Preserve's trailhead is located on the Royal River on the east side of ME Route 231 (Intervale Road), on the left one mile south of Cobbs Bridge Road and New Gloucester Village, or on the right 1/4 mile north of Woodman Road, in each case between two railroad crossings. Look for a kiosk with blue signage with grassy parking beside the shoulder of the road. GPS: 642 Intervale Road, New Gloucester.
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