The Flowing North Preserve in New Gloucester is owned and managed by the Royal River Conservation Trust. Named 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. Visitors can cross the river at low water levels on fallen logs, or by wading knee-deep. Much of the property is either steep slopes or floodplain. The quiet Flowing North Preserve has been enjoyed by local fishermen and hunters for generations and offers a quiet place to enjoy the upper reaches of the Royal River or to harvest fiddleheads in season. Known locally as “Hell Hole,” the vast floodplain with mature trails hosts a rich variety of flora and fauna, easily explored after descending down steep banks.