South Island Maine Reserve Solves Parking Problem With Creative Solution


YARMOUTH, Maine – The Royal River Conservation Land Trust’s Littlejohn Island Preserve offers magnificent views of Casco Bay, its rocky shoreline, and the seabirds that call it home. A 1.3-mile loop trail takes visitors around the 23-acre property, through towering stands of red oak and pine trees.

This seaside corner of paradise is open every day and everyone can enjoy it for free.

But be warned.

Parking is chargeable. The reserve sits at the end of a narrow dirt road, in the middle of an exclusive community of coastal houses. The parking lot only has room for four cars and the neighbors are notorious for having finicky vehicles parked on the road towed at their owner’s expense. As the road is private, they are technically intrusive.

That’s why the trust’s director of stewardship, Chad Fierros, worked hard on Wednesday, turning a huge log into a bike rack.

Cycling is not allowed in the reserve. But the bicycle rack offers another way to access it if the parking lot for four cars is full. To get to the trailhead from the parking lot you have to walk through private property and keep the peace with people living near the plot.

The new rack also blends in well with the surrounding woods, providing nine secure bike spaces at the trailhead.

Troy R. Bennett is a native of Buxton and a longtime Portland resident whose photojournalism has appeared in media around the world. More from Troy R. Bennett

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