VALENTINE FARM Conservation Center
Our 1.2-mile universally accessible trail is perfect for a casual stroll, dog walk, or run. The crushed-stone trail forms east and west loops that meander through the forest and alongside fields, waterways, and the Habitat For All garden. An additional half-mile out-and-back trail through a reclaimed farm field brings visitors to a wonderful spot along the Androscoggin River. Learn more
HOW TO GET THERE
From Bethel, head east on US-2, turn left on the North Road. Valentine Farm is at 162 North Road. A Valentine Farm Conservation Center sign marks the entrance to the parking lot approximately .8 miles from US-2.
HOW THIS PLACE BECAME OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Dick Valentine left the Valentine Farm property and the house to MLT in his will. The board voted to accept the gift on July 5, 2015, and the property was transferred to MLT from Dick Valentine's estate on April 5, 2016. We moved into the office in late 2016.
NOTES ON TOPOGRAPHY, PLANTS, AND ANIMALS
This preserve has the comfortable feel of an old family farm. The mixture of habitats supports many bird species (over 120 have been noted) and moose, bear, fox, and deer have also been seen. It is also the home of the Habitat For All garden, which features an explosion of flowers and grasses that support pollinators and birds.
THE WALKING TRAIL
This 1.2 mile universally accessible trail has a crushed gravel surface and meanders through woods and fields, offering views of the Androscoggin River, Bethel Community Forest, and the Habitat For All Pollinator Garden. A perfect trail for people of all ages and abilities.
PRESERVE INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES
No camping or campfires
Dogs on leash or voice control
Please carry out trash and pet waste
No hunting or snowmobiling
The office is open daily from 9-4, Covid permitting
What Else Can I Do?
Visit the Habitat for All Garden
Try the Self-Guided Birding Trail
Pick up a trail map from May-October at the kiosk and wander the trail looking for handmade images of birds that call Valentine Farm home.
Follow the Storybook Trail
Enjoy reading a story as you walk the East Loop trail. The approximate 1/4 mile gentle walk is a perfect distance for a child's book.