Cathance River Nature Preserve

Topsham, Maine

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Hike along a spectacular stretch of the sinuous Cathance River through a nature preserve, where a cool forest walk leads past placid pools and roaring rapids. The Cathance River meanders for more than 16 miles from its source in the wooded hills of Litchfield through Bowdoin, Topsham, and Bowdoinham, where it empties into the waters of Merrymeeting Bay. En route, where the river bends sharply to the east, not far from I-295 and the busy downtown areas of Topsham and Brunswick, you’ll find the Cathance River Nature Preserve, a 230-acre sanctuary of woods and wildlife. The preserve includes a wild and scenic section of the river.
AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

by Carey Michael Kish (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Hike along a spectacular stretch of the sinuous Cathance River
through a nature preserve, where a cool forest walk leads past
placid pools and roaring rapids. The Cathance River meanders for more than 16 miles from its source in the wooded hills of Litchfield through Bowdoin, Topsham, and Bowdoinham, where it empties into the waters of Merrymeeting Bay.

En route, where the river bends sharply to the east, not far from I-295 and the busy downtown areas of Topsham and Brunswick, you’ll find the Cathance River Nature Preserve, a 230-acre sanctuary of woods and wildlife. The preserve includes a wild and scenic section of the river.

© 2015 Carey Michael Kish/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Topsham
Distance: 4.1
Elevation Gain: 210 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Additional Use: Skiing
Local Contacts: Cathance River Education Alliance (creamaine.org; 207-331-3202)
Local Maps: USGS Brunswick; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 6 (DeLorme); Cathance River Preserve Trail Map (Cathance River Education Alliance)
Driving Directions: Directions to Cathance River Nature Preserve

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