River Point Conservation Area Trails

This network of trails lies within the diverse River Point Conservation Area, which borders the Presumpscot River and both the East and West Branch of the Piscataqua River, and is only 5 miles from Portland. It is an excellent place for birding and wildlife observation.
Trail Activity
1.4 miles, Network
Dirt/Forest Floor, Grass
Not Permitted


Park at the head of the railroad bridge or in the rear of the shopping center lot. After crossing the bridge, look for an informational kiosk to the right. It contains a trail map, including a brochure describing the history of this unique property.

A mile long scenic trail, blazed yellow, traverses the perimeter of the property. It runs through mixed forest, and along the edge of four different fields. It also borders all three rivers. Look for ducks, herons, and even eagles or ospreys here. The farm road trail and orchard trail allow for shorter loops as well. All trails are easily walked or biked, although they are not handicapped accessible.

The East Branch Trail starts at the edge of the West Branch, crosses that river, then proceeds up the East Branch to Falmouth High School. Spot a car at either end for an even longer hike (see East Branch Trail description).

The habitat diversity found on this property make it a rich area for wildlife. The birding is especially good here, particularly during migration. Blue winged warblers and black billed cuckoos are two of the unusual species that nest on River Point. It is also home to the endangered New England cottontail rabbit.

Other Information

Poison ivy grows profusely along the Presumpscot River, so use care walking on this part of the trail.

Pets are allowed in the conservation area only at designated times. Please see the trailhead signage to determine if the trails are open or closed for pets. Generally, the trails are closed to pets in the spring while birds are nesting on the ground. 

Trail Manager

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

Town of Falmouth
271 Falmouth Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
Phone: (207) 781-5253
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Trailhead Information

River Point abuts the Falmouth Crossing Shopping Center on ME Routes 26/100 in Falmouth, just opposite Maine Turnpike/I-95 Exit 53. Facing Hannaford's the trail network starts at the end of a wooden railroad overpass to the right where a kiosk contains a map of the property.

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May 15, 2018
The town of Falmouth confirmed that pets are allowed only in certain seasons. During the spring when birds are nesting on the ground, no pets are allowed. Please see signage posted at the trailhead to confirm if the trails are open or closed to pets at any given time. We have updated the information on this page accordingly. Thanks catbirdgrey for pointing this out!
May 13, 2018
I now believe no pets are allowed
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