Weston Woods & Waters consists of about 300 mostly wooded acres, encompassing a total of about 2.5 miles of Kennebec River frontage. One of the principal trailheads (with a parking lot) is at the well-established public Nathan Street Boat Landing, by a riverside trail that actually begins 0.25 miles downstream at the old railroad trestle. From the boat launch, the Weston Woods & Waters trail runs north along the river on a mostly packed earth surface through woods and fallow fields (which provide habitat for pollinators) for 1.5 miles until it crosses Weston Avenue, a public way, and continues into Weston Woods. Throughout most of this stretch the trail is only a few meters from the water, affording peaceful views across the river.
After crossing Weston Avenue into the woods, an expanding network of trails roams throughout the wooded peninsula, currently about 3 miles of trails. There are views of farm fields protected by an agricultural easement held by Maine Farmland Trust, and upriver views of the Kennebec River and Weston Island. The trail passes the remnants of the old Weston family burial ground, cellar holes, and other historic artifacts.
The riverside trail as well as those in the woods have been cleared and widened for use by the local cross country running teams and all visitors. Semi-official 5K and 10K running courses are being established. In the winter, the trail along the river, as well a half mile portion of the trail in the wooded area, is groomed for snowshoeing and skiing. Apart from the groomer, no motorized vehicles are permitted on any of these trails. There is some parking along Weston Avenue, where the trail crosses the road, but it is limited.
The Weston Woods & Waters Trail passes along a corridor that has been in use for generations. One mile of this trail corridor was gifted to Somerset Woods Trustees, and the remainder of the corridor is protected by easement agreements.
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MAIN STREET TRAILHEAD
On Main Street about 900 feet east of the bridge over the river is a large cinder block building housing High Tide Low Tide Seafood and other businesses, on the north side of Main Street. Take the gravel lane that leads north behind this building and ends in a field. Park here and find the trailhead at the top of the field. In the winter, this gravel lane is unplowed and visitors should park on Main Street.
NATHAN STREET BOAT LAUNCH
Heading north on Madison Avenue from the center of Madison, take a left on Nathan Street (0.4 miles from Main Street). There is a boat launch at the end of Nathan Street, offering parking. The trail runs north-south along the river through the boat launch area.
WESTON AVENUE TRAILHEAD
From the traffic light on Main Street, head north 1.3 miles to where the trail crosses the Weston Avenue.
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