Green Trail (Jim Goltz Forest)Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve
|Estimated Time||1 hour|
|Elevation Change||83 meters|
|Features||rocky outcrops, ravine|
|Trail Markers||green posts|
|Maintenance Rating||well maintained|
|Dog Friendly||on a leash|
This trail is accessed by taking exit 188 on Route 2 and heading east towards Campbell Settlement. After 4.8 kilometres turn right onto Plymouth Road. After 3.5 kilometres this road turns into a gravel road. After another 1.3 kilometres slow down and look for the trail sign.
You can also access this trail from the other trails by continuing past them. After about 2 kilometers you will cross a bridge over the Meduxnekeag River. Just past the bridge turn left onto Route 540. After 750 meters turn left again onto Plymouth Road. After only 300 meters the road turns into a gravel road. After 1.6 kilometers look for the trail sign on the left.
After entering the woods next to the trail sign the trail. The arrows suggest that it's best to go left and follow the trail in a clockwise direction. The trail goes through a hardwood stand before turning and desending the steep hill down towards the river. As the trail gets near the bottom of the hill it turns again to the right. The trail crosses the hill through a mostly hemlock forest going down near the river and then climbing part way back up the hill to pass by a slate cliff. the trail then descends down through a ravine. Just past the ravine the trail accesses the shore of the river near a banded rock formation that pokes out into the water creating a small rock island.
After the shore access the trail starts its climb back up out of the river valley passing by rocky outcrops and large hardwood stumps. The trail eventually comes back to the junction near the start of the trail.
This trail travels through many different forest types and micro climates where you will see a diversity of plants and animals. On our visits we have seen different types of mushrooms, toads and Maidenhair Ferns.
Trail Last Hiked: November 5, 2016.
Page Last Updated: May 5, 2020.