Cross Cushing Nature Preserve
Miles of trail: 1.7
Activities: Hiking, birding, hunting
The Cross Cushing Preserve nearly spans the width of the Cushing peninsula, crossing through young hardfood forest, mature coastal spruce, with a trail extension to the Meduncook River.
In 2011, a group of 85 local residents donated the funds to purchase the property to establish a public hiking opportunity and the first public access to the Georges River for the town. The property is mostly woodland on the west side of Pleasant Point Road, with typical shoreland habitat on the riverfront portion of land.
The Preserve is open to the public for day-use only; no overnight camping is allowed. A 1.5-mile trail takes visitors on a loop through a fern and moss-covered forest, with a spur to the Meduncook River. Hunting is permitted with prior permission.
There is a small parking lot on the west side of Pleasant Point Road, about 2.9 miles south of the intersection with River Road (try using 120 Pleasant Point Road in your GPS).