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Runaround Pond Paddling

Enjoy a peaceful paddle on Runaround Pond, where wildlife and tranquil waters abound.
Trail Activity
2.70 miles, Network
Water - Lake/Pond, Water - River/Stream


Runaround Pond, starting and ending at the town recreation area’s hand-carry access point, is always an exceptional paddling experience. Soon after paddlers (or iceskaters) leave the boat launch, the winding pond creates a near-wilderness experience with miles of undeveloped forested shoreline. Fish and wildlife includes beavers, otters, eagles, osprey, kingfishers, herons, frogs, turtles, bass, and pickerel. A portage around the dam allows paddling downstream, on Chandler Brook — the Middle Branch of the Royal River.

Other Information

The Runaround Pond landscape in Durham includes more than 350 acres of conserved land, with RRCT’s Chesley Meadows Preserve, the Town of Durham’s Runaround Pond Recreation Area, and a working farm conserved by an agricultural conservation easement held by RRCT.

Chesley Meadows Preserve. This 153 acre preserve was created in late 2015 and expanded in March 2017. The preserve includes more than a half mile of Runaround Pond shoreline along with a stream, open marsh, beaver lodges, and forested riparian zones. The trust prioritized the property due to the wild shoreline, mapped deer yards, and significant wading bird and waterfowl habitat.

Runaround Pond Recreation Area. This popular spot includes 133 acres managed by the Town of Durham for paddling, fishing, skating, and many other adventures. The recreation area also protects and provides limited access (downstream) to the uppermost reaches of Chandler Brook (Middle Branch of the Royal River), stocked for trout.

Runaround Pond has a rich history, including as a location for several works of the author Stephen King, who spent most of his childhood living on Runaround Pond Road.

Trail Manager

Visit Royal River Conservation Trust or the Town of Durham online for more information or contact:

Royal River Conservation Trust

Royal River Conservation Trust
PO Box 90
52 North Road
Yarmouth ME 04096
Phone: (207) 847-9399
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Town of Durham
630 Hallowell Road
Durham, Maine 04222
Phone: (207) 353-2561

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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.
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Trailhead Information

Heading northeast on I-295, take Exit 22 in Freeport/Durham. Turn right onto ME-136 North and drive 6.2 miles. Turn left onto Rabbit Road and continue onto Runaround Pond Road for 1.1 miles. Look for the entrance to the parking area and boat launch on the right.

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Be a Safe and Respectful Paddler
Paddling conditions will vary according to the weather and season, so always exercise caution and always wear a lifejacket. With good judgment and proper equipment, the risk associated with paddling can be minimized. Respect the natural world and the rights of landowners, and be considerate of other outdoor enthusiasts. Paddlers should seek to avoid causing erosion, trampling vegetation, disturbing wildlife, and harming water quality.

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