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Jamie's Pond

Take it Outside! Hikes & Walks

Take it Outside!

Ten Healthy Walks

 

1.  Jamie’s Pond Trails, Hallowell

Coming from Pond Rd in Manchester take Collins Rd. Manchester trailhead is about 1 mile on left. Kiosk and parking at trailhead. Coming from Hallowell to Hallowell trailhead, take the Outlet Road, approximately .5 mile past Maple Hill B&B take first right onto Meadowhill Rd., follow until left hand turn takes you to the Pond, where parking and Kiosk are located.  There are approximately 6 miles of trails, with fixed maps at trail heads and brochure maps at kiosks.

 

2.  Pine Tree State Arboretum Trails, Augusta

Approximately 5 Miles on 224 acres of open space on route 9 (Hospital Street) on the east side of Augusta feature plant collections and gardens, picnic tables, indoor and outdoor toilets, benches, interpretive signs, open fields, and ponds.  FMI:  www.pinetreestatearboretum.org

 

3. Kennebec Highlands, Mt.Vernon, New Sharon,  Rome and Vienna

More than 18 miles of old logging roads and informal trails traverse the Highlands.  The area is home to moose, deer, bear, waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife and is blanketed with hardwood and mixed-wood forests, blueberry barrens, and marshes.  A trail map is available from the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance at http://www.kennebechighlands.org/.

 

4. Androscoggin Riverlands, Turner

The Androscoggin Riverlands public lands parcel in Turner has 15 miles of multiple-use trails and 8 miles of trails dedicated to hiking. Its “Homestead Trail” offers walkers a chance to explore the property’s interesting history, going by the foundations of numerous houses that lined the shores of the river from the 1870s until 1927 (when they were razed to make way for rising waters behind the newly constructed Gulf Island dam).  A map is available at: http://www.state.me.us/doc/parks/programs/ATV/PDF/Turner.PDF

 

5. Augusta Nature Education Center, Augusta

Approximately 5 Miles on 175 acres next to the Augusta Vocational Center. The Center is located to the North by South Belfast Ave (Route 105) and to the South by Cony Street. On the west side is the Hodgkins Middle School and on the east side is the Vocational Technical Center and the new CONY high school.  FMI:  http://augustanaturecenter.com/

 

6. Vaughan Woods, Hallowell

The 166-acre Vaughan Woods property has significant historic and natural values and provides open space and recreation land in a growing, populated area. The trail s ystem passes several artistic stone bridges and waterfalls along Vaughan Brook. While most of the property is wooded, there is a large, rolling field, which is maintained near the center of the woods.  FMI: http://www.tklt.org/land/land.htm 

 

7. Mt.Pisgah, Winthrop

This 1 mile easy/moderate trail climbs to the 60-foot Mt. Pisgah fire tower which is open to the public. On a clear day, the views from the top of the tower are outstanding.  It is a relatively large undeveloped area of forests and wetlands, streams and ponds, mountain tops and ridges that provides a variety of outdoor recreational activities. FMI:  http://www.tklt.org/land/land.htm

  

8. Monument Hill, Leeds

Monument Hill offers a short woods hike to a pleasant partially wooded summit with views of Androscoggin Lake and the White Mountains.  A Civil War monument marks the summit.

 

9. Whistle Stop Rail Trail (Jay-Farmington) - 15 miles

Travelling through farmlands, woodlands and wetlands, this trail provides scenic vistas of the Western Maine foothills.  The trail can be a lot of fun for families and outdoor enthusiast and is a great trail to have a little excursion and see some wildlife.  There are many access points to the trail but the two major trail heads have parking available. The first one in located in West Farmington on Oak Street next to the CN Brown filling station. The second major trail head is on Depot Street in Wilton. This location is right off from Route 2&4 in Wilton right next to Steve’s Market.

 

10. Kennebec River Rail Trail, Augusta to Gardiner

From downtown Augusta the trail proceeds south under Memorial Bridge. There is a spur off the main trail leading to Capital Park and state office buildings approximately .75 miles from the start. The trail continues to the northern downtown area of Hallowell for a total distance of 1.25 miles. Last year the trail was extended through Farmingdale to downtown Gardiner. Route 201 parallels the route from Augusta to Gardiner except for the Augusta trailhead.  This trail runs along the portion of the Kennebec River which has been designated as an outstanding river stretch for its recreational and natural values. Only 18 rivers in Maine have received this designation. Close to restaurants and shopping.  Approximately 5 miles one way.

FMI:  http://www.krrt.org/

 

 

For more information and ideas

 

Healthy Maine Walks http://www.healthymainewalks.org/

 

Department of Conservation www.parksandlands.com

 

Kennebec Land Trust www.tklt.org/

 

Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance www.kennebechighlands.org

 

Land for Maine’s Future Program http://www9.informe.org/spo/lmf/projects

 

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