Preserve trails are partially open – please read details here.
The Cathance River Nature Preserve is located in the Highland Green Village located off the Route 196 Coastal Connector bypass in Topsham.
Read these directions carefully- visitors sometimes get lost!
To Highland Green:
Traveling on Maine I-295 North or South, take the Topsham Exit 31. Turn east toward Brunswick, onto Rt. 196 East. (An overhead sign will indicate: Rt. 196/Cooks Corner/ Bath/ Rt. 1) Continue straight ahead. Travel 1.2 miles – straight through the Lee Toyota intersection. Travel approx. .5 m. On your left, you will see white fencing and flags. Turn left at the traffic light, into the Highland Green entrance.
To the Cathance River Nature Preserve Visitor and Ecology Center Parking:
After you have entered Highland Green, stay straight for 1.5 miles. You will see the golf club on your left. Stay on Evergreen Circle, the winding main village road of Highland Green, for approximately 1 more mile.
When you see Junco Drive on the left, the parking area for the Ecology Center and hiking is just ahead, on the left. Please park at a slight angle with the nose of your car toward the woods. To the left of the lot, you’ll see a white and green sign that says: Cathance River Ecology Center Visitor Entrance. (The center is not visible from the parking lot.)
The Heath Trail starts on the opposite side of the road from the stone bench (look for a wood bench across the road, marking the trail entrance).
To reach the Ecology Center or access the rest of the trail network, head down the stone stairs near the stone bench. At the bottom of the steps, head right on the dirt road (Rensenbrink Way) to reach the Ecology Center (approximately 2-3 minute walk).
Important Note: Street parking is not allowed at Highland Green. If the Ecology Center lot is full, please return another time.
Trails in Construction Area and Parking Changes
Some sections of trails are currently closed due to new development. Trail re-routes and bridges are in the works. Download this trail map for a printable map of open trails. Please respect trail closure signs to avoid walking through homeowner yards.
During this time hikers are directed to park at the Ecology Center parking instead of Hiker Parking. Please park carefully to ensure that you are far enough off the road and to accommodate as many cars as possible. If the Ecology Center parking area is full, additional parking can be found at the Community Center.
Highland Green is a private Active Adult Community that has both public and private areas. Though the trails and golf course are public – the roads are private, and courtesy and safety should rule the day when one is traveling through the community.