Part of an old farm, two large hay fields and a hemlock forest dominate this spectacular property that borders Chandler Brook, one of the Royal River’s main tributaries. Trails follow Chandler Brook and also connect the upper and lower fields. The Preserve is known for good birding; the open fields and trails are popular for equestrians. The banks of Chandler Brook are steep, too steep for boat access or convenient foot access. Access to this stretch of the Chandler is easiest from the Route 9 boat launch, paddling upstream with no currents except minor rapids (easy to pole or push or line upriver with no portage) under the North Road bridge.
Size: 65 acres
Off North Road in North Yarmouth
From the intersection of North Road and Memorial Highway (Route 9) in North Yarmouth, drive one mile north on North Road. Take a right onto a gravel driveway when you see a blue “Chandler Brook Preserve” sign. Stay left as the driveway forks. A small parking lot for preserve users is at the end of the driveway, just before a railroad crossing and kiosk. (GPS address: 1409 North Road, North Yarmouth)
Owner: The Preserve is owned by the Town of North Yarmouth, acquired and protected with a conservation easement held by the Royal River Conservation Trust and the State of Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands.
The Town of North Yarmouth allows hunting on the Preserve. Always wear orange during all hunting seasons.