Approximately 100 acres of protected land on the east side of Lake Gardner is known as the Powow River Conservation Area. From the boardwalks and woodland trails on Powow Hill, to the rolling fields of Battis Farm and Camp Kent nature center, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This area is being enjoyed much more than ever thanks in large part to the work our association has done to improve access with both our bridge and boardwalk projects. We hope you enjoy exploring our trails soon! Click here to read a 2007 newspaper article about our trail network.
The map at left shows the entire conservation area, including trails. Parking is marked with a P, and other points of interest are indicated by place markers. Click on a place marker to read more about each one.
On the Northern end of Lake Gardner Beach a path leads away from the paved turn around, and continues into the Powow Hill trailsystem. Several trails pass through the area. The main trail, known as Old Stagecoach Road, runs parallel to the waters edge, while several other narrow trails climb to Batchelder Park and the summit of Powow Hill. Great views to the east can be found at the Park, while most of the areas below are wooded. Access to this portion ofthe overall area can only be gained on foot. Please be aware that trails may become difficult to pass through during certain times of the year due to drainage problems.
At the northern end of Old Stage Coach Road, the trail breaks away from the woods and opens into grasslands. At this point the trail system connects into Battis Farm. Battis farm is made up of mostly fields, and is the home of the community gardens. The trail loops around the perimeter of the fields passing along the waters edge and leading to the footpath entrance of Camp Kent. The trails in this area are grass-based, and may become overgrown at times.