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Explore the Tatnic Hills Preserve in Wells: New Trails Now Open to Hikers, Great Destination for Families

Two new trails are the first to wind through the 200-acre Tatnic Hills Preserve, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy and located in York County.


WELLS, ME | August 18, 2011

Visitors to the Tatnic Hills can explore two new hiking trails recently opened by The Nature Conservancy in Maine.

The new trails are the first to wind through the 200-acre Tatnic Hills Preserve, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy and located in York County. The Tatnic Hills preserve is nestled in a large area of conserved land, protected in cooperation with the Mount Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative, a coalition of ten conservation partners.

The Red Trail, to the east of the parking lot on Cheney Woods Road, is one mile long. It is a moderate hike through a Northern hardwood forest. This hike includes meadow openings along granitic outcroppings and nice views of the Tatnic Hills’ geologic history. Visitors may also observe evidence of recent and past harvesting which has influenced forest succession in the area.

The White Trail, to the west of the parking lot, is an easy half-mile long hiking loop. This trail transits through old fields which have succeeded to pine-oak woodlands. The loop also travels along the edges of several vernal pools, and through hemlock-white pine woodlands.

There are a few water crossings. Bog bridges have been constructed by Nature Conservancy staff and the Mount Agamenticus trail crew to keep hikers dry. Visitors will likely encounter muddy conditions, so wear boots.

Directions to the Tatnic Hills Preserve:

• I-95 to Wells, ME (Exit 19)
• At the stop light (after the toll booth), turn right (west) onto Rt. 109
• Travel approximately one-half mile and turn left (southwest) onto Rt. 9
• Travel approximately 2.5 miles along Rt. 9 and turn left (southeast) onto Rt. 9B.
• Travel east on 9B for only about 250 feet and turn right, then travel south on Cheney Woods Road.
• Follow Cheney Woods Rd south for approx. 2.5 miles (it will turn into a dirt road after one half mile), stay on Cheney Woods Rd, and climb and wind around two sharp turns into the Tatnic Hills.
• Turn left into a small parking area (north side of road) at the top hill once the road becomes flat (if the road turns back to pavement from gravel, you have travelled approximately .2 miles beyond the small parking lot).


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