Oxbow Nature Preserve – The entrance to this trail is located near the parking lot of the Lutheran Church on Cool Street. The Messalonskee Stream surrounds the Preserve on three sides. The Preserve provides an ideal area for environmental education. Your walk on the loop will subject you to many different and beautiful wildflowers, ferns, trees, and birds. You may even witness muskrat or beaver activity in the spring time.
Pine Ridge Recreation Area – This trail begins behind the Rummels softball field, off of the West River Road, between the field and the trees. This extensive network of trails around the golf-course can be used fro mountain-biking, walking, and cross-country skiing. The trail, often single-tracked, goes over rough and hilly terrain, with roots, rocks, small stream crossings and other wet areas depending on the weather. The network can be confusing, so be careful not to get lost. There is a one-mile loop around the ball field and through the woods, fields, and over streams.
Perkins Arboretum at Colby – The West entrance to this trail is at the back of the field opposite the Colby President's house. The trails through the arboretum and bird sanctuary are maintained for nature study, walking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Mountain biking is prohibited. The land is a state Wildlife Management Area and includes successional, transitional, and climax forest, as well as the Perkins stream. The nature trail is yellow blazed and there are also the red and white trails.
Merrit Nature Trail – This trail begins beyond the end of the building near the baseball field at the Waterville Junior High School, which is located off of the West River Road. The nature trail is a great spot to explore a bit of the Maine woods. The trail passes through a field, a Northern Hardwood Forest, a Hemlock and Fir Forest, and along the Messalonskee.