Walnut Hill Preserve, also known as “Walnut Hill I”, is a 73.5 acre property in Shapleigh purchased by Three Rivers Land Trust in 2011, with assistance from the Maine Natural Resources Conservation Program, the Open Space Institute, and the John Sage Foundation.
It can be reached via Elm Street in Springvale. As you cross over from Elm St on to Walnut Hill Rd, continue until the road becomes dirt and look for the sign and gate on the left. Park along the road. Trail map and coordinates coming soon.
The Walnut Hill Preserve is located within the Walnut Hill Focus Area, designated as a place of statewide ecological significance by “Beginning with Habitat”, in part because of its Blanding’s turtle habitat in the wetlands and the black racer snake on the uplands. Read here for more information: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mnap/focusarea/walnut_hill_focus_area.pdf
Walnut Hill Preserve is one of four Three Rivers properties in the Walnut Hill Focus Area. More about the Sousa Family Preserve (Walnut Hill II & III) and Walnut Hill IV coming soon.