The Fels-Groves Farm Preserve in Yarmouth is a 55-acre parcel of mature woods and open fields. It features 1.2 miles of trails, abundant wildlife and scenic views. The preserve was acquired in 2002 with the active leadership of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. It is now owned and managed by the Town of Yarmouth and protected by a conservation easement held by the Royal River Conservation Trust. The Town’s website for the Preserve is here.
The conservation easement covers both the town-owned preserve (both sides of Gilman Road), and also the adjacent brick farmhouse and its fields, preserving this historic neighborhood landscape forever. The brick farmhouse is privately owned, with no public access.
Fels-Groves Farm Preserve today serves as a primary trailhead for Yarmouth’s West Side Trail. RRCT, the Town of Yarmouth, CMP, the New England Mountain Bike Association, Yarmouth Rotary, and many others are expanding the trail network to connect to more neighborhoods.