CREA and COVID-19

Preserve Is Partially Open – Please read on for details

Just in time for mud season, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT), Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA), and the Preserve landowner, Seacoast Management, are pleased to announce the limited re-opening of Cathance River Nature Preserve following its closure due to COVID19.

Initially, trails will be accessible only from the Ecology Center parking lot. The Cathance River and Highland Trails will be open as far south as the Rapids Trail. The Beaver and Barnes Leap Trails will also be open. Click here for a printable map showing open trails.  The wearing of masks in outdoor public spaces is still required, so please keep trails safe and open by following this rule.

Hiker Parking will remain closed until trail re-routes around the Sycamore Drive Ext development are complete. To ensure a smooth re-opening and make sure that trails can remain open, please do not use closed trails, unfinished re-routes, or closed parking areas. New bridges and trail re-routes are in the works, at which time all Preserve trails will open for use.

It is essential that Preserve visitors park only in designated parking areas. These are the Ecology Center parking lot and (when re-routes are complete) Hiker Parking. Most of the streets in Highland Green are not public ways and street parking is not allowed. Please park efficiently, nose in, to maximize parking space. If parking lots are full, return another day. Check BTLT’s website to find many other wonderful local hikes.

We are delighted to announce this news, but because it is mud season, we caution people to exercise restraint in use of the trails until things dry out. In the meantime, please follow best practice for hiking during mud season: wear waterproof footwear that can get muddy; walk through, not around, muddy areas to avoid extending the damage and widening the path more than necessary; hike early or late in the day when temps are cooler and the ground is firmer.

We thank you for your patience during the closure and look forward to seeing you on Preserve trails in the coming months!