Stephenson Preserve

Photo courtesy of Michael Harris

City Point Road,

8 acres

0.3 mile loop, easy

Hiking, Snowshoeing

Trail Descriptions

ROCK BLUFFS, SEASONAL WATERFALL, HEMLOCK STAND Formally known as the Knowlton-Swanson-Stephenson Preserve, this preserve offers a short hike close to downtown Belfast. A small waterfall flows during spring melt and heavy rain. You could extend your outing by visiting the neighboring Belfast City Preserve and Belfast Rail Trail along the Passagassawakeag River.

Look for

Fern beds, including sensitive, cinnamon, Christmas and New York ferns Coarse woody debris, important habitat for small mammals and invertebrates Yellow birch, whose twigs smell like wintergreen when scratched


From downtown Belfast, take High Street/Route 137. Follow for 1 mile. Entrance to parking lot is on the left.


Donated in 2000 by Ralph Stephenson.

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