In 2001 the Windham Land Trust was fortunate to have as its initial acquisition a 105-acre parcel of land in the center of Windham. This is land has changed little since the town was incorporated in 1735, and now will remain undeveloped and in its natural state forever.
Windham is known for historic charm, rural character and natural beauty. The Black Brook Preserve has it all; rolling hills, mature trees, brooks, a variety of wildlife, plant life, and birds. Deer, beaver, coyote, fox, porcupines, raccoons, wild turkeys, partridge, skunks, owls, & egrets are among the wildlife seen here. This natural forested wetland is a haven for herons, ducks, songbirds, and fish. The Preserve's newest residents are beavers; their dams and lodges can easily be found in the center of the preserve and along the trails that touch the brook.
The Black Brook forms here in the Preserve and begins its journey meandering along through fields and forests until it empties into the Presumpscot River, which serves as part of Windham's western border six miles away.
This parcel touches Rt 202 to the North, the Windham Center Road to the West, and Rt 302 on the East. It’s easily accessed from Rt. 202 across from the School Rd. or from the Windham Center Road where Black Brook crosses the road.
The Preserve is open year round to the public for hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobile riding (on the designated trail). There are several miles of trails that cross through all areas of the preserve with over 600 feet of “bog bridges” to protect the wetlands and keep hiker’s feet dry. Cedar benches scattered along the trail to sit and enjoy the silence or have a snack. You can go blueberry picking in early summer in both of the large fields and in early September you can find large wild blackberries along the trails in the woods.
Rt. 202 across from School Rd. or Windham Center Rd. where Black Brook crosses the road
hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobile riding (on the designated trail)