Today I had to remind myself of the benefits of cold exposure as Romy and I hiked through gusty winds and single digits. Of course, I could have done this trail on one of the warm days we had last week. But as a master of procrastination, I chose to wait until the day I needed to write this email. This is a long way of explaining why I did not take many photos. It was just too painful to remove my gloves. :)
This peaceful preserve offers brand new trails created and maintained by the Royal River Conservation Trust. Parking is off of Lufkin Road in North Yarmouth and RRCT has a flag at the entrance so you can not miss it.
There a maps at the trailhead and I recommend taking one with you. We almost got lost in these gorgeous (but cold) woods. The forest includes mature oak, hemlock, white pine, beech, red pine and maple. There was something so beautiful about the light streaming through the trees here. I can't really explain it, but there was great energy here. Maybe it's due to the fact that these trails are built on Wabanaki land and are named after the Wabanaki word for Pileated Woodpeckers, associated with luck and friendship in their culture.
Mossy stone walls are found along the trail and according to the flyer, blueberries, lady slippers, mushrooms, and wildflowers can be found here in the warmer months.
I hid our Seek'em not far from the trailhead. Look for the second blue diamond marker and he'll be hidden just behind the tree that holds it.
I hope you visit on a day with milder temps and can take your time here! Enjoy!