Photo: Jane Davis

Photo: Jane Davis

Location and Description:

Location: Sidney, Maine

Property Description: This 35 - acre parcel provides visitors excellent birding opportunities, interesting wildflowers and floodplain species, and views of the powerful brook (now called Goff Brook), with its foaming water roaring over exposed rocks into stone-lined pools. Part of the conservation property not visible from the trail has seen an increase in invasive Japanese knotweed and non-native bush honeysuckle, and has served as a field research site for Colby College students studying invasive plant control methods.

Directions: From Augusta take the River Road (Route 104) north towards Sidney. Once in Sidney, look for the Dinsmore Road on your left. Shortly after passing the Dinsmore Road, you will see the KLT sign on your left, just before the road crosses Goff Brook. Park along the road. 

Usage and Trails

Allowable Uses: hiking, nature observation, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. No motorized vehicles. Dogs are allowed on a leash or under voice command. Please clean up after your pets.

Trails:

Streamside Trail: 0.15 mile, easy; follows along the brook, then loops back through the forest. Stop for a summer picnic on the rocks before the trail turns back to the woods!

Old Farm Loop Trail: 0.36 mile, starts at the largest waterfall and passes by hayfields and an old cellar hole. 

Caution: Watch for poison ivy at the beginning of the trail. Beware of high water flow in the spring time. 

Parking: Park along the road.

Wild Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis    Photo: Nicole Rhodes

Wild Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis    Photo: Nicole Rhodes

History:

This Property was settled in the1760’s by John Marsh, one of the first Kennebec River settlers to come from Massachusetts to what is now Sidney, Maine. He harnessed the waterpower of Marsh Brook for saw and grist mills, the foundations of which are still visible from trails within today’s Reynolds Forest. Seven generations later, one of Marsh’s descendants donated a portion of the original Marsh holdings to the Kennebec Land Trust.

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