Long Meadow Brook Reserve


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The Property

This 98-acre property was acquired in the fall of 2016 from the Wiley family who summered on the Red Farm along Kezar Lake Road. The Wileys managed the property as a tree farm for several decades. Located within the GLLT Western Wildlife Habitat and Corridor Focus Area, this property is a valuable link in a chain of preserved habitats that offer wildlife sanctuary through connectivity. Situated on Kezar Lake Road at its easterly border, the property includes a 500-yard stretch on both shores of Long Meadow Brook and borders private property that is open to the public under a GLLT conservation easement to the south. The parking lot is reached from Kezar Lake Road via a steep logging road with water bars. It is accessible to regular clearance vehicles under dry conditions. Trails lead to benches with impressive views of Mount Kearsarge North (toward the southwest) and the Baldface peaks (to the northwest).

 

Trails

The Blue Trail:

  • Length 0.4 miles

  • It follows an ATV trail for a short distance then climbs gently to the height of land.

  • A spur trail leads to a bench with stunning views of Mount Kearsarge North.

  • Follows a former logging road for a short distance.

  • If you continue along the Blue Trail you will find a second bench and another clearing, which allows views of the Baldface peaks.

  • The final leg of the Blue Trail descends steeply to Long Meadow Brook and follows its shoreline for a short distance, ideal for wildlife observation and birding.

The Orange Trail:

  • Splits off and heads steeply down to the brook and a large beaver dam with a wonderful view of the the brook.

Features

Early settlers cleared this area 200 years ago and original stone walls are in evidence throughout the property along with a few gigantic “shade trees”— evidence of the pasture lands opened during the 19th century. Remnants of a small home or barn can be found just west of the parking lot. More recently, the land was used as a working forest and dedicated as a “Tree Farm.” Views of the White Mountains to the west are exquisite, as are the opportunities to observe wildlife in the clearings, near the beaver dam, and along the brook. Songbirds, wading birds, and raptors are common and the entire Long Meadow Brook marsh is ranked as “significant habitat for wading birds and waterfowl” by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife


Activity Guidelines

The reserve is open to the public for the following activities:

  • Fishing and hunting in season

  • Hiking and picnicking

  • Cross-country skiing

  • Snowshoeing

  • Running and mountain biking

  • Nature observation

These activities are not allowed: 

  • Fires

  • Motorized vehicles

  • Cutting/removal of vegetation

  • Camping (except for non-trace camping by prior permit only)

Contact Us

Greater Lovell Land Trust
P.O. Box 225
Lovell, ME 04051

We are a private, non-profit organization of local volunteers and fellow conservationists from across the U.S. and beyond, protecting our region’s lands and waters in the interest of the public. We welcome new members and contributions such as help with land purchases, property easements, gifts, or volunteers for cur-rent projects. Please join us. 

 


Species observed to date

Please forward any new observations to Dennis Smith, GLLT Database Administrator.

 

Long Meadow Brook reserve Birds

Long Meadow Brook reserve Flora

Long Meadow Brook reserve Mammals