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Androscoggin County Parks - Maine

Kennedy Park
Park St, Lewiston.
The old city green with a bandstand, benches and statues to war heroes. There is even a public pool and a playground.

Rail Road Park
Off Chestnut St. and Oxford, Lewiston.
With whimsically painted benches, open lawn, plantings, access to the river and bridges over the old canal system, this park is connected to the Bonney Park by a pedestrian foot bridge, that links the Twin Cities.

Rodney Bonney Memorial Park
Main St, Auburn.
Playground and benches looking over the river and back to Lewiston, the park is connected to Rail Road Park by the foot bridge.

West Pitch Park
Hampshire St, Auburn.
Over looking the Great Falls, you can see down to the Court Street Bridge and up river to several smaller dams, giving a good sense of the magnitude of the original project harnessing power for all those mills, not to mention a bit of a thrill to stand above the falls in early spring. At the entrance to the park is the historical Knight House, from 1796, the oldest frame house near Lewiston Falls and Auburn Village Corporation.

Heritage Park
Main St., Lewiston.
Looking over the falls, the park is graced with a large mural and full sized
moose sculpture made of sticks.

The River Run
Off Riverside St., Lewiston.  At the end of Frye St., go right on Main St., then left on Riverside, walk to end. 10 minute walk.
The entrance to the River Run is through a beautiful old cemetery overlooking the river which is wonderful for snowshoeing in the winter and nice for jogging in the spring and fall.  The trail starts in the lower right hand corner of the cemetery as you face the river.  Cross the small stream on stepping stones then the path winds along next to the river through the woods. At one point you get dumped out in a housing development, but keep going and the path starts up in the woods again after the homes. 3-4 miles one way.

Gracelawn Memorial Park (cemetery)
980 Turner St., Auburn.
Wooded with windy dirt roads nice for walks, view down to lake Auburn.

Lake Auburn Nature Trail
Spring Rd, Auburn. Off west Auburn Rd. after a right at Young's Corner. Unpaved road hugs the lake for about 3 miles, not plowed in the winter, great for cross-country skiing or joggers with shin splints.

Franklin Pasture
Bartlett St., Lewiston.
The pasture is scraggly open space that connects Marcott field to the High School Athletic fields.  There are plans in the works to spruce it up with paths and landscaping.

Garcelon Bog
Russell St., Lewiston.  Follow Russell St., to its end, careful to turn left with it after the lights. A small path at the end of the street leads you into the bog through waste high flowering bushes and scattered trees, very pretty.  Ask in Carnegie Science for other points of access.

Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary
Montello St, Lewiston.   782-5238.
A 15 minute walk from campus, this sanctuary is maintained by the Stanton Bird Club and is the largest bird sanctuary in New England at 310 acres.  It is open for walkers, joggers and snowshoers from dawn to dusk.  There are several little ponds, and a huge fireplace at the top of the hill, contact Susan Hayward, steward,  for permission to do a cook-out.

Mount Apatite Park
Small St., Auburn.  Beautiful 15 minute drive from campus.  Take Minot St. Out past Mac's, go right on Hatch St, and right again on Small St. Park at the bottom. Large wooded park great for walks and snowshoeing, there are great views from Hatch St. And Perkins Ridge (if you go straight on Hatch past the park).

North Mountain Rd., Greene.  Go north on rt. 202, left after the graveyards onto Meadow Hill rd., and immediately left again.  Wind along past the deer farm, past the Bates boat house, and past a big white farm house. Immediately after farmhouse go right onto Gagne Rd, and right again up North Mountain rd, go slow!  Park at the top of the hill and walk in on the logging road, left at the fork and you should be able to see the lean-to roof.  Please to not arrive at the lean-to past 9pm, and be quiet in the parking area in respect of Judy whose property it is on. The lean-to was a built in 1999 as a short-term project to create a space for the Bates community to enjoy.  The land was logged heavily several years ago, so its excellent blackberry and raspberry land.   Enjoy the fire ring
responsibly, split some wood, tromp around the logging roads, ski or snowshoe, and revel in the quiet out there.

Turner Parcel
Center Bridge Rd., Turner.  Go past the lean-to and across the bridge, parking for the sanctuary will be on your left just after the boat launch. About 20 minute drive from campus in Turner, this parcel is a beautiful hill top and riverside sanctuary owned by the Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Town of Turner.  Trails are open to all non-motorized use, except in winter when snowmobiles are allowed (making good cross-country ski trails).  It has a very nice riverfront, I saw some diving ducks, tons of deer tracks and a set of moose tracks.  There is a map and compass course available through the Turner Public Library.

Garden and Horticulture Center
97 Main St., South Paris. 743-8820.  Take rt.119 west to rt. 26 south, the gardens will be at the corner of Western Ave. And rt 26. The McLaughlin Foundation maintains this century old homestead and gardens which are over 60 years old.  There are formal flower beds, over 200 lilacs, and wildflower gardens.  Visitors can stroll through the art gallery, gift shop and have tea in the tea room or outside.  The center also hosts lectures, workshops and other seasonal events.

Information Provided by Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce website.

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