Mousam River via Mousam Way Trail

Destination:  Mousam River
Trail:  Mousam Way Trail
Region:  ME - Southern  
Location:  Sanford, ME
Rating:  Easy  
Features:  River
Distance:  Variable  
Season:  Variable
Last Updated:  04/29/2009  
Author:  Phil Blampied, Casey

Click for a PDF-format trail map for Mousam Way (it will open in a new window).   

Hiking trail map of Mousam Way Trail along the Mousam River (map courtesy of Sanford Trail Development & Urban Forestry Committee)

This information has been excerpted (with permission) from 20 Great Easy Woods Walks near Seacoast New Hampshire, by Phil Blampied, copyright 1999.

Trail Guide   

Mousam Way Trail is a pathway that goes from woodlands to streets to parkland and back again through the heart of Sanford and Springvale, Maine. It follows the general course of the Mousam River through town.

The trail is a long-range project that has been sponsored and maintained by the Sanford Kiwanis Club.

The more interesting sections are the woodlands near the recreation area on Route 109 and the sections crossing the woods in Gowen Park.

Casey submitted this trail report for a segment of Mousam Way that starts at the YMCA:

Two friends and I started walking the Mousam Way Trail from the parking lot of the Sanford/Springvale YMCA. We were each pushing a double jogging stroller and were very pleased to have such a nice paved trail we could enjoy with the strollers. There were several times we were even able to be three wide while we walked and talked.

We followed the trail for approximately one mile and then turned around due to time constraints. This is a wonderful place to enjoy nature and still have the convenience of pavement. We recommend it to all stroller pushers! I did consider wearing my roller blades and was glad I chose not to. There was a lot of debris from the winter; it would've been a bumpy ride. It may be cleaned off now as this was at the very start of spring.

I enjoy hiking and having children in strollers adds a great challenge. I'm glad the Mousam Way Trail is so easily accessible and in such a convenient location – right in town. Have Fun!


ME - Southern

  Driving Directions   

The Mousam Way can be found by following the green "M" blazes through town.

Starting points can be found in Sanford, Maine at:
  • The Sanford Springvale Recreation area on Rt. 109 in Springvale
  • The Mousam Way Park and
  • Pavilion at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Oak Street
  • Gowen Park, on Main Street
  • The parking lot of the Sanford/Springvale YMCA, off of River Street

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