Oxford Hills area hiking opportunities
Healthy Oxford Hills offers two walking series, in the spring and the fall. Walking for the Health of It is an 8-week series held once weekly from 4:30-5:30 pm exploring the walking trails of the greater Oxford Hills area. There is no charge and we welcome you for all or part of the walks. Check the website during March-April and in September for the exact starting dates. Please register at 1-866-609-5183 so we know how many to expect.
If you can't make it to the walks please know that we have a Oxford Hills Trails Map available at many spots around the area. We have not been able to provide a link to this as it is in legal size. The Chamber of Commerce on Western Ave. in South Paris and our office at 165 Main St. in Norway has copies. Stop by to get a couple of the maps.
The Roberts Farm Trails are open with trails for walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. These are wonderful family-friendly trails welcoming dogs and horses.
From the town of Norway, take Rt. 117 toward Norway Lake and as you reach the lake, there will be a rest stop on your left. Take the next road to the left, Robert's Rd. and at the top of the hill on the left there will be the sign and driveway for Robert's Farm Preserve. There are trail maps available in the parking lot. Check at Western Foothills Land Trust, http://wfltmaine.org for more information, history of the preserve and to download your own map.
The Riverside Trail that connects Oxford Hills Middle and High Schools is open and a very nice 1.4 mile trail through woods, by the Androscoggin River and under the old railroad bridge. It is very walkable and handicap accessible. The trail map can be found at the Chamber of Commerce in South Paris and at our office at 165 Main St. in Norway and at many spots around the community. Call us at 739-6222 for more information.
You can begin the trail behind the high school near the Western Maine University College Center. There is a sign that marks the beginning of the trail. You can also access the trail at the Oxford Hills Middle School on Pine St. (across from Maurice's Restaurant on Rt 26) in South Paris. The trail begins next to the ball fields to the right of the school building.
There are other trails at the Cornwall Preserve, 2 miles on the right up Paris Hill in South Paris is a good 1 and 1/2 mile walk through wooded trails with streams.