Trout Brook Preserve
The Trout Brook Perserve provides 1.65 miles of trails, and protects over 4,200 feet of the lower reaches of Trout Brook, as well as frontage along the main stem of the Sheepscot River. Now mostly forested, much of the property was once included treeless pasture, with open fields at the top of the hill.
Spring visitors will be treated to a variety of warblers and thrushes that use the now diverse forest. In the summer, you may see woodpeckers, grouse, woodcock and winter wrens near the brook. Look for signs of deer, fox, fisher, mink, and porcupine in the soft soils along the streams or on the snow.
The land was purchased in 2005 from Maxine Peaslee Tornell and her family. Maxine's mother, Thelma Lucy Wyman, inherited the property from her parents, and lived there for almost 50 years.
At the beginning of the trail, you will walk along the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmingon (WW&F) Railway right-of-way that operated from 1894 until 1933. In the 1900s, train cars hauled potatoes, poultry, lumber, and even the mail.
How to get there
From Wiscasset: Take US Route 1 to ME Route 218 north. In 7 miles, left to the parking lot.
From Whitefield (Route 194): Take ME Route 218 south. In 5.3 miles, parking on the right.