Sam Ristich Trails


This town-managed and town-maintained trail network is owned by the Town of North Yarmouth. The trail connects town parks, town forests, and old railroad beds, and is buffered by conservation easements held by the Royal River Conservation Trust. Please respect signs on some roads that prohibit parking and please respect all postings regarding abutting private property.

The trail hosts 16 stations (post markers) for the observation and identification of flora and fauna. Sam Ristich led public walks here once a month (in season) until he was 90 years old.  Dr. Samuel S. Ristich was an entomologist, mycologist, lover of nature, and enthusiastic teacher. Sam retired from Cornell in 1980.  For over fifteen years he kept a uniquely styled mycological journal, “Sam’s Corner,” published in Maine Mycological Association’s quarterly newsletter.  Sam passed away in 2008. Sam gained mycological immortality in 1983 by finding a new species in the family Amanita, aptly named Amanita ristichiiMore information on Sam Ristich.