The 300 acre Knight’s Pond Preserve is popular for ice skating, bird watching, fishing, dog walking, mountain biking, trail running, snowmobiling, hunting, and more. Located less than a mile from the town centers of Cumberland and North Yarmouth, the preserve includes one shore of a 46-acre pond, a large block of forestland, a network of trails, and critical wildlife habitat.
The trail networks at Knight’s Pond and Blueberry Hill allow visitors to check out Knight’s Pond or follow trails into the woods through oak-hickory forests and alongside vernal pools. Trails crossing Blueberry Hill and Bruce Hill provide for some nice elevation changes. A network of color-blazed trails (white, blue, red, and yellow) as well as a snowmobile trail across the property allow visitors to explore this 300-acre preserve. A few other short spur trails provide trail connections and scenic views.
The total length of the trail network at Knight’s Pond is 5.7 miles. Some trail distances, to/from the main parking area:
- White to red cut-off, return on Greely Rd Ext: 1.7 miles
- White loop, return on Greely Rd Ext: 2.0 miles
- White to blue loop to white, return on Greely Rd Ext: 2.9 miles
Hiking Trail Map – Downloadable PDF
Knight’s Pond & Blueberry Hill at Maine Trail Finder
To find the parking area and trailhead at the end of Greely Road Extension:
- From Cumberland Center follow Route 9 North for 1 mile. Turn left onto Greely Road Extension and continue for 1.3 miles. The preserve entrances are at the end of the road.
- From North Yarmouth Town Center follow Route 9 South for 1.6 miles. Turn right onto Greely Road Extension and continue for 1.3 miles. The preserve entrances are at the end of the road.
- The GPS address for the primary entrance point is 477 Greely Road Extension, Cumberland Center, ME.
Beginning in early Spring you can see Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards and Canada Geese on the shores of Knight’s Pond. There are also Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers starting at the end of April and the beginning of May. This bird rich habitat is a joy to visit. For more information visit: The Best Birding in the Royal River watershed.
- The preserve is open for hiking. Snowshoeing and back-country skiing are permitted, though trails are not managed specifically for these uses.
- Dogs are welcome, but on leash or voice control, with strict attention to pet waste removal.
- Safe and responsible hunting on the Preserve is encouraged. We promote safe hunting experiences and protect deer by educating users of the hiking trail and their dogs to be respectful of hunters and deer during season, including winter deer yard season. As a courtesy, please call RRCT to inform us if you plan any trapping on the parcel. Hikers should always wear orange during hunting season, on all hikes.
- Smoking is prohibited at all RRCT Preserves.
- Please be respectful of all abutting private lands.
- Contact RRCT, The Town of Cumberland, or the Town of North Yarmouth with questions about the evolving plans and activities at the preserve.
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. 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.
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. This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.