Visit the Cathance River Preserve

Preserve Closed Temporarily – Effective April 6, 2020

Cathance River Nature Preserve has been temporarily closed at the request of the landowner due to concerns around recent increased use and safety related to COVID-19. Highland Green initiated this closure to protect residents within the community who are deemed at high risk. 

This closure comes with a heavy heart, as we believe the natural world provides solace, a place for healthy activity, and a welcome respite from the current concerns so distressing to everyone. We are particularly saddened for those who lack ready access to nature. We look forward to reopening the Cathance River Nature Preserve trails as soon as possible.

Many preserves in the area remain open with a caution to practice responsible social distancing. Check the websites of Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, and Freeport Conservation Trust for information about other local trails while the Preserve is temporarily closed.


When the temporary closure ends, the Cathance River Nature Preserve and Trails will return to being  open to the public every day from dawn to dusk.

When the temporary closure ends, the CREA Ecology Center will return to being open to the public every Sunday from 12-2 PM. Our knowledgeable volunteers are available to guide you through the native Maine mammal and bird specimens that call our off-grid facility home, provide trail maps and suggested hikes on the Preserve, and answer questions.

In the winter months, snowshoes are available to loan during the Sunday open house hours to explore the Preserve trails. Youth and Adult sizes are available on a first come first serve basis.

The Preserve is on privately-owned land that is protected by a conservation easement. Please respect the landowner’s prohibition on pets, hunting, camping, fires, biking, and motorized vehicles at the Preserve.

Please “leave no trace” of your visit; stay on the marked trails; pick up any trash; pack out everything you pack in; return any logs or rocks to their original location. Please do not remove items from the preserve. Thank you and enjoy your visit!