This weekend I was on call for work so I couldn’t retreat to the mountains to replenish my soul. Instead, I grabbed the boys and headed to Falmouth, Maine, to explore Blackstrap Hill Preserve. I only really knew of it’s existence from planning my route when I biked around Sebago Lake.
We parked at the southern access on Blackstrap Road shortly after the I-95 overpass. The trail started across private property then dipped down to a crushed rock path into the preserve. The hike was mostly flat and pleasant through some hardwood and evergreen forests. Once we got to the intersection of the white-blazed trail and the red-blazed trail we decided to go all the way to the overlook.
The overlook was a rocky knob standing proud in a treeless swath around power lines. If it wasn’t for the power lines and the distant highway it would have been a very pleasant view (though it would probably be forested, so take what you can get).
We returned the way we came except that we completed the white-blazed loop prior to returning to our car. It was quiet in the woods; we only saw a couple walking their dog and one mountain biker. The best part was the signs of spring; bright green leave pushing up the dead leaves and a few flashes of color from flowers.
Video of Blackstrap Hill Preserve hike
Music from Free Music Archive: “Add And” by Broke for Free
Date Hiked: 30 April 2016
Trail Conditions: dry, mud
Weather: mostly sunny
Cycling: Sebago Lake Loop – 30 May 2015
Blackstrap Hill Preserve in other blogs:
C0lin Gulley – 01 January 2014
“Blackstrap Hill Preserve.” falmouthlandtrust.org. Falmouth Land Trust. Web. 02 May 2016.