Woodbury Nature Conservancy

The Woodbury Nature Conservancy features a ridge of twin peaks that rise to about 400 feet, providing views of Mud Pond the woods. The Sanctuary also includes a historic cemetery and a cedar swamp.
Trail Activity
Length
4.1 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate
Towns
Litchfield, Monmouth
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor
Pets
Not Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The 401.2 acre Woodbury Nature Sanctuary was acquired by the Stanton Bird Club in two separate time frames. The first 160 acre portion of the Sanctuary was the 1929 gift of Louise S. Drew and Clara B. Dana, daughters of Mary Ann Woodbury Davis. It was part of the original family farm on the Monmouth/Litchfield town line. Mary Ann Woodbury was one of the 13 children born to Hugh and Elizabeth Plummer Woodbury who farmed the property in the nineteenth century. The family cemetery is located in the Sanctuary, across Pease Hill Road from the gate. There are approximately 10 acres in Litchfield and 150 acres in Monmouth. At the time the property was deeded to the Club, it had been cut very hard and most of it had been burned. New trails were completed from 1999 through 2003, providing nearly four miles of well marked hiking paths.

In 2008 Central Maine Power informed the Stanton Bird Club that the proposed route of their new high voltage power line was going to bisect the Sanctuary in the Pease Hill Road area and connect to the existing line adjacent to Town Farm Road. In 2010 after lengthy negotiation, the Club, in return for granting the requested easement for a right of way, received title to a 241.2 acre wetland mitigation property abutting the existing Sanctuary. This is the southwestern portion of the present Sanctuary, bounded on the west by Jock Stream, the south by Carver Road, and includes the extensive wetland area of Mud Pond. Within this more recent acquisition are significant vernal pools, acres of high value inland waterfowl and wading bird habitat, and thousands of feet of unspoiled shoreline and stream channel. The current trails are former camp roads and effort will be made to keep the area as pristine as possible.

Other Information

Woodbury Nature Conservancy does not allow:

  • Dogs and other domestic pets
  • Vehicles, bikes or snowmobiles
  • Horseback riding
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fishing, trapping, or hunting
  • Wildlife collection of any kind
  • Camping or fires
  • Geocaching or letterboxing

These rules will ensure that Woodbury Nature Sanctuary will be here for you and for future generations. In extending this invitation, Stanton Bird Club is mindful of the potential liability it may have in the event a member of the public suffers injury, loss, or damage in its land; consequently, Stanton Bird Club requires that all persons visiting Woodbury Nature Sanctuary do so at their own risk.

Trail Manager

Visit Stanton Bird Club online for more information and a printable map or contact:

Stanton Bird Club

Stanton Bird Club
PO Box 3172
Lewiston, ME 04243
Phone: (207) 524-2060
jerigary@fairpoint.net
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Trailhead Information

To western network: From Lewiston, take Route 9 north to Monmouth and turn left on Carver Road (dirt) which immediately crosses the power line corridor. Trailhead will be on the right.

To eastern network: From Lewiston, take Route 9 north to Monmouth and turn left on Town Farm Road and drive about a mile to the trailhead on the left.

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badgerinmaine
May 26, 2016
I found this preserve today through Maine Trail Finder, and I was glad I did! I was in the eastern section, where there are three main trails: Yellow, Blue and White. The Yellow Trail goes east of Pease Hill Road, and offers a mix of terrain: it goes past an old family cemetery, then a long a pretty brook, and then follows a new powerline in a clearing. This is where I heard and saw a nesting pair of ospreys calling to each other. The Blue Trail is almost completely wooded, but offers several overlooks. Some are along Whipporwill/Town Farm Road and look toward Woodbury Pond; a side loop trail (blazed light blue) leads to a different overlook. The trails and parking area were in excellent condition, and a mailbox an the entry kiosk has a brochure with a map. It's a real gem and I will be back.
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