Flowing North Preserve

RoyalRiver_SabbathdayLaketoBaldHillRd_2016_largeNamed for the short stretch of Royal River that flows north from the Fairgrounds until the river drops south toward the ocean in Auburn, this wooded property straddles the Royal River.  Much of the property is either steep slopes or floodplain.

This quiet property has been enjoyed by local fishermen for generations and offers a quiet place to enjoy the upper reaches of the Royal River or to harvest fiddleheads and fish in season.

The Preserve is part of a subdivision that is slowly being developed (2016); road access to the end of Sawyer Road depends upon seasonal maintenance and home construction. The preserve has no signs or kiosk, due in part to steep slopes and lack of trails. Because the Preserve is remote and infrequently monitored, please report to RRCT any observations — good or bad — after your visit.

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Size: 23 acres

Location: The very end of Sawyer Road, New Gloucester

Owner:  Royal River Conservation Trust

Access:  Access requires walking down a very steep slope, with no marked trail. Visitors may park at the very end of Sawyer Road (road maintenance is a concern in spring and winter) and walk straight ahead down the steep banks.  This is not a good parcel for boat access or casual adventures, due to steep slopes.

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On the northwestern boundary of the property, on the banks of a small sandy tributary stream, there are the remains of a very small old steam-powered sawmill.
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The Royal River is clear and sandy, meandering through mature floodplain forests. This photo shows the confluence of a sandy tributary stream with the Royal, and very low mid-summer water levels.