Torsey Pond Nature Preserve and Echo Lake Watershed Preserve

Torsey Pond Preserve includes over a mile of trail through wooded and marshy shoreline with small boggy islets and important wading bird and waterfowl habitat. Echo Lake Preserve offers a short trail to twin beaver bogs.
Trail Activity
1.80 miles, Network
Dirt/Forest Floor, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging


The Torsey Pond Trails may be accessed from the trailhead in the parking lot. This trail network extends for just under 2 miles and abuts the shore at several points.

The Echo Lake Watershed Trails may be accessed from a trailhead marked with a plaque directly across the road from the Torsey Pond Nature Preserve. This short trail extends for .1 miles and offers access to two beaver bogs.

In 2001, Readfield purchased 92 acres along Torsey Pond for open space and recreation with funds from the Maine Land & Water Conservation Fund, a town appropriation, and local contributions. A conservation easement was accepted by the Kennebec Land Trust in 2003 to assure permanent protection. 

The Echo Lake Watershed Preserve is a 200-acre parcel in the Echo Lake watershed purchased with funds raised by the Echo Lake Association and Kennebec Land Trust. The property will remain undeveloped to help protect the water quality of Echo Lake and to provide for wildlife habitat.

Both properties are comprised of wetland and hardwood-conifer forests, with the Torsey Pond Nature Preserve abutting Torsey Pond, providing multiple shoreline access points to visitors. Neither property contains drastic elevation changes, which makes for an easy but scenic hiking experience. Paddling in Torsey Pond is a common pastime of many who visit the preserve.


Other Information

Hunting is not permitted on these properties and dogs must be leashed at all times.

Trail Manager

Visit Kennebec Land Trust online for more information and a printable map, or contact:

Kennebec Land Trust

Kennebec Land Trust
PO Box 261
Winthrop, ME 04364
Phone: (207) 377-2848
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Trailhead Information

From the juncture of ME Route 17 and ME Route 41 in Kents Hill, take ME Route 41 one mile north to the Torsey Pond Nature Preserve parking lot on the right. Canoe or kayak access is available from a public boat launch at the south end of Torsey Pond on the Old Kents Hill Road.

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July 04, 2020
Quiet, peaceful, we were the only ones there! This trail is easy and would be great for kids of all ages. Do not recommend trying to bring in a stroller. Also, the bugs were bad, make sure you come prepared! A few beautiful views of Torsey Pond, and lots of wildlife.
November 03, 2019
Great trails here. I have been here several times and it's usually quite peaceful. Today it was nice and quiet until a couple of dogs showed up barking loudly and aggressively and really just trashed the whole experience. The owners of the dogs were sorry after the fact of course, but why not think about it before instead of after?
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