Lewiston doesn't have a reputation for being a place to go hiking or picnicking. But tucked away from all the city hustle and bustle, is an amazing 372 acre wildlife preserve, filled with unique structures and trails that you could spend an entire day discovering.

Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary has been a landmark in Lewiston for decades. College students and locals have been using the terrain for snowshoeing and sledding, photography and birdwatching, and other activities in between. But surprisingly, outside of the Lewiston/Auburn area, not many people know that this incredible oasis exists.

Over the past several years, Thorncrag has been revitalized, now featuring several different marked trails with multiple different unique structures to discover. That includes what seems like the pinnacle of Thorncrag's yellow trail, the Anthony Fireplace. The best part of amateur adventure seekers, is the Anthony fireplace is only a half mile from the front gate.

The massive fireplace is an impressive sight, with nearby stone benches perfect for those with a knack in photography. Also nearby, a tree that is believed to be roughly 250 years old!

There's a collection of other cool things to check out during your easy day hike. Kavanagh's old stone bench, Miller's fireplace (a smaller but still impressive fireplace) and Gordon's ledge, overlooking a steep hill. There's also something locals call Whale's Rock, because it's a rock that an awful lot like a whale!

Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary is open from dusk until dawn every day. They do have several rules that need to be followed. There is no biking, camping or fires allowed on premises. Dogs are now allowed inside the sanctuary either. Several other rules are detailed here by the Stanton Bird Club. 

Thorncrag is easily found in Lewiston, signs directing to you to the preserve can be spotted on both Sabattus Street and East Avenue. Thorncrag does have a parking lot and the best part, there is no charge whatsoever to walk the trails. Enjoy!

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