Though Berry Woods was first protected in 2001, it was made more accessible to the public after an expansion in 2008, the acquisition of a trail easement, and a recent blitz of trail-building to connect the east side of the preserve to the west side. Now, preserve visitors can enjoy this natural wonder near the Kennebec River. The preserve protects 3,500 feet of shoreline on Robinhood Cove, 1,750 feet of shoreline on the Kennebec River, and 2,200 feet of shoreline on Wilson Pond, a freshwater pond and marsh system.
Berry Woods has added to a wonderful mosaic of conservation, where people can hike, fish, hunt and more. And winter is a great time to discover the area by ski or snowshoe.
"Berry Woods Preserve is a key natural connection between the Kennebec River and conservation lands east of Robinhood Cove," says Nancy Sferra, the Conservancy's director of science and stewardship in Maine. "And it’s all accessible on some of the nicest hiking trails in the area."
Visitors can see an old feldspar mine, Wilson Pond and its nesting osprey, an old cellar hole and a natural blowdown from a microburst in 2010.
The 377-acre preserve connects with another 1,300 acres of conserved lands—including Reid State Park and Maine Audubon’s Josephine Newman Sanctuary, an area stretching all the way across the Georgetown Peninsula. A trail connects the Berry Woods Preserve with Josephine Newman Sanctuary.
It’s great to see the support of our members hard at work in this amazing place.