The Guilford Memorial River Walk begins at the parking area north of the Sangerville Bridge on Rte. 23 just beyond the Piscataquis River. A short walk, 1/3rd mile east, goes downriver to a picnic table and sitting bench. A longer, flat 1 mile walk goes west, upriver, following the old Bangor and Piscataquis Railroad along the river to Haley Construction on Rte. 15.
The upriver walk goes through riverine forest cover including red oak, mixed deciduous species and open field. Local residents of all ages verify sightings of Bald Eagles, Osprey and Blue Heron along this stretch of the Piscataquis River. Picnic tables and benches make this a perfect quiet place to stop and stretch, and enjoy a relaxing break under a verdant red oak canopy along the riverbank.
The Guilford Memorial River Walk was created by a collaboration of business and community interests, working together to memorialize two young community and business leaders, Todd Template and Scott Tilton.
Season: Year round
Special Notes of Interest:
Birds are prevalent year round, though this site is not listed on the Maine Birding Trail.
Important Natural/Cultural/Heritage Links:
From Dexter: Follow Route 23 to Sangerville. Proceed north through Sangerville to the bridge over the Piscataquis River. Just beyond the bridge you will see the sign for the Guilford River Walk on your left and a spacious parking area on the right. The river walk goes both sides of the road, so you can choose to go east, downriver, or west, upriver, or both ways if you wish.
From Dover-Foxcroft: Follow Routes 6 & 15 toward Guilford. At the Rte. 23 intersection, about 1 mile east of Guilford, turn left towards the Sangerville Bridge and park in the spacious parking area on your immediate left.
From Greenville/Guilford: Follow Routes 6 & 15 toward Dover-Foxcroft. Pass through the center of town, past the community park and ball field. About 1 mile out of town, turn right on Route 23 towards the Sangerville Bridge and park in the spacious parking area on your immediate left.