From open fields to forests; from walking trails to mountain bike trails; from picnic sites and playgrounds to water access: we offer all of this to those who live or visit Somerset County.
SWT has signed an option to purchase 275 acres of pristine forest in Madison with over one mile of water frontage. If you have paddled the Kennebec between North Anson and Madison, then you have traveled around much of the Weston Woods peninsular. This region includes exceptional wildlife habitat. It is the largest Maine Natural Resource Focus Area on the Kennebec River and also is an Important Wading Bird Habitat area. Once we raise the funds needed to purchase Weston Woods, we will create two miles of passive recreational trails.
SWT has already secured a mile of land and trail easements along the Kennebec River. Beginning at the town's boat ramp park, the trail winds along the river to Weston Avenue, just a few steps from the future trailhead into Weston Woods.
The Weston Woods and Waters trail will cross the future extension of the state's Bingham to North Anson rail trail from North Anson to Oakland. Furthermore, there is an existing snowmobile trail that crosses Weston Woods that will also cross near the new rail trail. SWT plans to support regional efforts to capitalize on this trail system to stimulate eco-recreation for our Kennebec River towns. The multi-use trails will be accessible from Main Street in Madison.
Read about our work to improve Parsons field for pollinators under "What's Happening" on this website. As part of this project, SWT will be developing a new one mile trail from Parsons to the Kennebec River this summer. There is seasonal parking on the river side and along Malbons Mills Road at Parsons.
SWT is discussing an art trail of scuptures for Parsons' field. We want to find ways to encourage the use of trails and what better way could there be than art?