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  •  The trails were created for Nixon Black, the third generation of the Black family to own Woodlawn, to exercise horses and to take his family on carriage rides through the forest as seen in the historic photograph of Nixon and his mother, Mary Peters Black in the late 1890's.

  • The three loops on the trail system were renamed in 2023 for horses owned by the three different generations of the Black family to own Woodlawn. Today the trails are a little over 2 miles in length.

  • The first loop – Gander,  was once used as a racetrack for Nixon’s cars. During Nixon’s time (1880's to 1920's) this loop had no trees and the forest line started at the straight extension into the second and third loops.

Story Trail and Children's Library

  • Children's Lending Library was installed in 2023 through a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. Books and seasonal Nature BINGO can be found inside.

  • The story trail was installed in 2024 and the story changes seasonally. The story trail was made possible through a grant from the Maine Community Foundation.



  • This pond was created to water the livestock for the Black Family homestead. Currently it is home to many frogs and the occasional duck.

  • For nearly 100 years, it has been a popular place for local children to go ice skating after it freezes in the winter months.

  • The pond can be seen as it looked in the 1890's in this historic photograph.

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