Located in Canton and Jay, the Androscoggin Greenway Community Forest is comprised of multiple conservation areas on both sides of the Androscoggin River. Managed as working forests, the conservation areas offer many outdoor recreational opportunities, including ATV riding, hiking, hunting, birdwatching, and fishing.
Located between Rangeley and Mooselookmeguntic Lakes, the 1,873-acre Bald Mountain Public Reserve features a challenging, but rewarding 1-mile hike to a summit observation tower with panoramic views of the surrounding lakes and mountains.
Located in the heart of Maine’s High Peaks Region, 12,046-acre Crocker Mountain Public Land includes a 10-mile segment of the Appalachian Trail. The property’s mountainous terrain and secluded ponds are enjoyed by hikers, hunters, fishermen, and snowmobilers.
A joint effort of Loon Echo Land Trust and Western Foothills Land Trust, the Crooked River Forests’ 800 acres include five parcels along a scenic, free-flowing river famous for its brook trout and salmon fisheries. These sustainably-managed forests have opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and mountain biking.
Located in western Franklin County, the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust’s Cupsuptic Lake Park and Campground offers lakeside camping, swimming, canoeing, hiking, hunting and fishing opportunities. The 125-acre park, which includes more than two miles of short front on scenic Cupsuptic Lake, is also a great place for picnicking and wildlife observation.
The Androscoggin Land Trust’s 14-acre David Rancourt River Preserve contains a walking trail, a hand-carry boat launch, two beautiful sand beaches and a scenic overlook. In 2008, the property was dedicated in the name of Deputy Sheriff David Rancourt, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty in the Androscoggin River.
Located in western Maine, this 512-acre Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust preserve features a spectacular vista that is identified on virtually every map, tour guide, brochure and website that focuses on the region. It includes a portion of the Appalachian Trail and magnificent views.
Located in the town of Greene, the Androscoggin Land Trust’s 195-acre Hooper Pond Preserve includes valuable wetland habitat for great blue herons, waterfowl, and other wildlife. The preserve, which provides access for canoes and kayaks, is the perfect spot for a few hours of quiet fishing or wildlife observation.
Located in the heart of Augusta, the 164-acre Howard Hill conservation area forms the wooded backdrop to the Maine State House and features a cascading stream, an expansive ridgeline with sheer cliffs, and diverse wildlife habitat. The property is open to hiking, nature observation, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and bow hunting by permission.
Hunter Cove is home to 276 acres of conservation land held by Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust. The cove and its surrounding lands offer diverse recreational opportunities, including: canoeing, kayaking, hiking, wildlife watching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, and snowmobiling.
Located 15 minutes from the State’s Capital, Jamies Pond is an 840-acre IF&W Wildlife Management Area that features nearly six miles of family friendly hiking trails through picturesque forests, past vernal pools, and to scenic shoreline vistas.
This 578-acre Greater Lovell Land Trust preserve is comprised of a high diversity of upland and lowland forest types and over 64 acres of wetlands. Visitors enjoy 1.5 miles of hiking trails, hunting in season, and exceptional birdwatching in the spring.
Located in Casco, Naples, and Otisfield, the 3,281-acre Jugtown Forest conservation easement protects valuable habitat for turkey, moose, waterfowl, and landlocked salmon. Maintained as a working forest, the land is available to the public for hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing.
Located in Rome, Mount Vernon, Vienna, and New Sharon, the Kennebec Highlands is a 6,628-acre public reserve including the highest summits of Kennebec County. Many miles of trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and ATV riding.
Located in Manchester, 189-acre Lakeside Orchards grows thirty varieties of apples, three varieties of pears, and crabapples. The farm also operates a retail store that sells apples, pears, cider, gift packs, delicious treats and gifts throughout the year.
Located in Peru and Woodstock, Little Concord Pond is 64 acres of mountain ledges and thick forests. Hikers can venture along a scenic trail, stop at the pond’s shore to cast their fishing line, and then continue to Bald Mountain’s nearby summit for extensive views of western Maine.
Located in Oxford County, Mahoosuc Public Land includes 31,764 acres on both sides of Grafton Notch State Park: rugged mountain terrain, secluded ponds, popular swimming holes, and incredible views from numerous rocky summits.
Located in Fayette, the 245-acre Meadow Brook Farm currently raises beef cattle as well as a small flock of goats and sheep for fiber. The farm is part of a larger conservation area that includes the neighboring Sturtevant Farm, the former homestead of an American Revolutionary War veteran. The public is invited to explore a hiking trail that offers views of Mount Washington.
Located in Western Maine’s High Peak region, Mount Abraham rises 4,049 feet above sea level to a barren rocky summit that features dramatic views. This 6,317-acre public reserve features a challenging hiking trail which eventually connects to the Appalachian Trail.
Located in Franklin County, Orbeton Stream is in the heart of Maine’s High Peaks Region. This working forest easement ensures a continued source of sustainably managed and certified wood products, while guaranteeing public access for outdoor recreational activities.
Located in Fayette, the 142-acre Parker Pond Headland Preserve has more than 2.5 miles of moderate hiking trails that wind underneath a towering hemlock forest before reaching scenic ledges high above the pond. In addition to hiking, there are opportunities to snowshoe, hunt, fish, ice fish, canoe, and swim.
The 2,064-acre Pleasant Mountain Preserve includes the highest mountain in southern Maine and one of the defining landmarks of the Sebago Lake region. It provides important contiguous habitat for a variety of plants and animals, as well as resources for sustainable forestry.
The 150-acre Rangeley River Preserve includes a popular snowmobile trail that connects riders to the village of Oquossoc, while an easy one-mile hiking trail runs the length of the property, leading visitors to prime fishing spots and streamside picnic tables.
Located between Lower Richardson and Umbagog Lakes, the Rapid River features 3.5 miles of nearly continuous Class III-IV rapids, making it one of Maine’s most spectacular whitewater rivers. The Rapid River also lures anglers in search of brook trout and landlocked salmon.
Western Foothill’s Land Trust’s 165-acre Roberts Farm Preserve offers a 7.5-mile network of multi-use trails, including a half mile universally accessible trail to a scenic outlook. The agricultural history of this land will reveal itself as you skirt the farm pond, passing through remnants of fields and pastures, through numerous stone walls, orchards, and groves.
Western Foothills Land Trust’s 1,236-acre Virgil Parris Forest, located in Buckfield, surrounds scenic South Pond. The preserve features a 2-mile trail ideal for snowshoeing in the winter, and running, walking, cycling and birding during the remainder of the year.
The Whistle Stop Trail winds 14 miles through the scenic hills of Western Maine, connecting the towns of Jay and Farmington. This mostly gravel surfaced trail is open year round for multiple uses, and offers beautiful views of the region’s rolling farmland landscape.