Distance: 0.7 miles, round trip
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Managed by: Western Foothills Land Trust
Roberts Farm Preserve is a 165-acre former dairy farm situated 2 minutes from downtown Norway. Purchased by the Western Foothills Land Trust in 2008 with funding from the Land for Maine’s Future program and other sources, the forested preserve now features 16 kilometers of multi-use non-motorized trails for the community. Thirteen kilometers are wide grassed and groomed Nordic ski trails. The three-kilometer Walker Trail is a meandering single track for snowshoeing, mountain biking, and hiking/dog walking. The Preserve features a warming hut open on weekends during ski season with ski and snowshoe equipment for use on site.
In partnership with the land trust, the Oxford Hills School District runs an experiential learning program on site: you will see their garden, hoop houses, and classrooms off the Rust Trail to the south of the parking area. The Trust is planning to build a large multi-use barn for school and community use in the next years.
The Roberts Farm Preserve parking area is at 64 Roberts Road, 0.2 miles south of the Lake Road (Routes 117/118) in Norway. There is a port-a-loo at the parking area and a warming hut that is open on weekends during ski season. The Libby Trail leaves the parking area at the east gate next to an informational kiosk.
The universally-accessible portion of the Libby Trail leads from the parking area to a magnificent view across Norway Lake of distant Old Speck Mountain nestled between Patch and Noyes Mountains. Bring a snack or a lunch and enjoy a rest and the view from granite benches. The prepared surface, low grades, and 1-kilometer round trip make it an enjoyable walk for all ages and abilities.
During ski season, the Libby Trail is a Nordic ski trail, — please, no walking or dogs allowed on our groomed ski trails. Bring your own skis, or come on a weekend and borrow skis to enjoy the view. Alternatively, you are welcome to hike or snowshoe on the Walker Trail in the winter.
Took my dog and daughter for the first time. Was surprised at the scenic view. Saw a female pheasant. Enjoyed Roberts Farm and look forward to getting to know more of the trails.
We took two of our younger groups (a total of 29 children and 7 adults ) This was an easy walk that was great for our age groups. There was a beautiful view as well.
A quick and easy trail with a nice view.
Great trail, even in winter.
Very well marked trail. Appreciate the neon orange paint on roots and rocks.
It was such a pretty walk in the woods that we just kept walking on some of the other trails.
Easy with nice view