Morgan Meadow Wildlife Management Area (WMA) includes over a thousand acres of unbroken woodland and a hundred acre freshwater wetland. It includes the “height of land” between the Royal River watershed and the Presumpscot. The property provides a significant natural sanctuary amidst the development spreading from Greater Portland and Lewiston-Auburn.
Morgan Meadow shelters old-growth white pine and one of Maine's few known stands of black birch. Migratory waterfowl, deer, and moose rely on the woodlands and wetlands, making it an attractive destination for wildlife-watching and hunting.
This WMA offers spectacular opportunities for bird watching. Yellow-throated Vireos are numerous along the shorelines, Louisiana Waterthrushes breed most years, and several pairs of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers have bred here. There are also more widespread species, such as Least Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, 10-12 species of warblers, Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers, and many others. In late April or early May, epic numbers of Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers often concentrate in the trees and ground at the water’s edge.
The trail network offers a number of short options for exploring these forests year-round. The Spiegal Trail is a one mile loop, which can be extended to the north by looping around the 0.9 mile Glover's Wig Trail, and/or by traveling out and back on the 0.4 mile (one-way) Meadow Link Trail.
Camping and fires are not permitted.
For additional information, visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website, or contact:
From Raymond, take ME-85 east toward Webbs Mills and go 2.8 miles. Turn right on Egypt Road and go 2.2 miles two miles to the trailhead on the left. There is a kiosk with a map of the trails and other information at the trailhead.
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