Moe’s Trail, Fenderson Wildlife Commons
This one-mile loop follows old woods roads used in logging the Commons in the early 1950’s by its namesake George Fenderson. Level and dry, it winds through majestic old white pines scattered among second growth pine and oak, with shrubs and flowers in the understory. In the spring several native orchids bloom, and in the summer blueberries abound.
Parking is along the side of Horace Mills Road. Look for the large blue sign with the WCC logo.
Fenderson East Trail, Fenderson Wildlife Commons
This trail runs perpendicular to the road for 550 feet and then forms a loop that skirts a large beautiful red maple swamp recently expanded by a new beaver dams. You walk along old woods roads and newly cut trails through undulating terrain shaped by the last glacier. Signs of moose and deer abound.
Parking is on Rt. 109. Look for the blue sign (on your left if traveling to Sanford, just beyond the High Pine Loop).
Beaver Pond Trail, Tilton Homestead Wildlife Commons
This trail explores the shore of the Merriland River for about a mile on land formerly owned by the Donny Tilton family, who logged it regularly. The river is home to brook trout, and also shows the impact of beaver colonies. A large beaver lodge stands across the river about a hundred yards downstream. At the far end of the trail, huge granite blocks from a old mill dam and bridge remain a reminder of the river’s environmental history.
To access the trail, turn onto Bragdon Road from Rt. 109. The parking area is on the left, just before the bridge.
Perkinstown Trail, Perkinstown Wildlife Commons
Once slated to be a liquid propane terminal, this pristine 288 acre forest is now conservation land offering the public several miles of looped trails that meander through beautiful mature forests, brook trout fisheries and developing wildlife habitats. The terrain varies from easy walking trails to challenging foot paths.
To access the trail, turn onto Thompson Road from Perry Oliver Road. Park at the end of the cul-de-sac.