In 2004, the century-old, Norway-based, Cummings Mill and its associated forest lands were liquidated. WFLT purchased a small and environmentally significant parcel on Pennesseewassee Lake known as Witt Swamp in that sale. The parcel is named for its first owner of record, Benjamin Witt, blacksmith, who moved to the area in 1784. Within walking distance of Norway, most recently harvested in the 1950s by horse, the 141-acre parcel features fen, white cedar swamp, and wetland forest areas, with hemlock and pine uplands.
Volunteers have built a one mile loop trail on the site’s uplands through a mature hemlock, pine, cedar and hardwood forest. The Witt trail is a beginner’s trail in terms of difficulty and includes a short boardwalk and stone steps. Built for all ages, it is also a good trail for dog walkers and snowshoers.
Western Foothills Land Trust is currently constructing trails connecting the Witt Swamp Trail to the trail network at Shepard’s Farm Preserve. A 2 mile connection between Pleasant Street and Shepard's Preserve is already open; see the Shepard's Farm Preserve posting for more information.
For another great short hike, head down the road to Ordway Grove Trail to see some of the oldest and largest White Pines in Maine.
Please, no horses.
Visit Western Foothills Land Trust online for more information and a printable map or contact:
The Trust has established a small parking area and trail head off Pleasant Street in Norway, one mile north of Main Street across from Emerson Street.
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