This new 300 acre preserve and conserved landscape is popular for ice skating, fishing, dog walking, mountain biking, trail running, snowmobiling, hunting, and more. The GPS address for the primary entrance point is 477 Greely Road Extension, Cumberland Center, ME.
The preserve was opened to the public on October 22, 2015 after a campaign and conservation acquisition of 215 acres. Located less than a mile from each of two town centers, the preserve includes one shore of a 46-acre pond, a large block of forestland, a network of trails, and critical wildlife habitat. In the Spring of 2016 the Town of Cumberland acquired one small adjacent woodlot, expanding the preserve. An adjacent 76-acre federal parcel (FAA) with conservation easements completes the 300-acre conserved landscape.
NEW TRAILS: Trails constructed and blazed in 2016 include (from primary parking lot):
- 1.7 miles: LOOP: White blaze, to red blaze, return on Greely Road Extension
- 2.0 miles: LOOP: White blaze all the way, return on Greely Road Extension
- 3.0 miles: LOOP: White blaze to blue blaze to white blaze, return on Greely Road Extension
- 3.0 miles: LOLLIPOP: White to blue to red to white, return to primary parking lot.
The preserve is owned by the towns of North Yarmouth and Cumberland, and protected by conservation easements held by the Royal River Conservation Trust and the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust.
The Towns of North Yarmouth and Cumberland have adopted a management plan that guides the future of the Preserve. Many future decisions under the management plan will be overseen by the two-town Joint Standing Committee.
Town crews from Cumberland and North Yarmouth in October 2016 built a new parking lot at the Preserve’s primary entrance point (Greely Road Extension). For that primary entrance point the GPS address is: 477 Greely Road Extension, Cumberland Center.
Please be respectful of all abutting private lands. Please contact either land trust or either town if you have questions about the evolving plans and activities at the preserve.
Funding for this $1.13M conservation acquisition project came from hundreds of local private donors, the property taxpayers of Cumberland and North Yarmouth, the Land for Maine’s Future program, USFWS NAWCA, private foundations, and more.