Jugtown Forest

MTF

Trailhead

Edes Falls Road Parking Area, Casco: From ME Route 11, take ME Route 121 through Casco Village and turn at the Hancock Lumber Administrative Offices onto Edes Falls Road. Follow that road down about 1 mile (road turns to dirt) until you see the Jugtown Forest Trail Map Kiosk. Park outside the gated area and walk or ride in from there to enjoy the forest!

Ellen Drive Trail Head Parking Area, Naples: From US Route 302, take ME Route 11/Poland Springs Road approximately 1.8 miles, then turn left on to Cooks Mill Road. Follow that for 1.3 miles and turn right onto Jugtown Road. Ellen Drive is the first right, and the designated parking area is down 300 yards and is marked by a Jugtown Forest Trail map kiosk.

Description

Jugtown Forest gives you access to a treasured part of Western Maine. This 5,000 acre privately owned working forest encompasses parts of Casco, Naples and Otisfield, and is open for recreation and nature exploration. The aptly-named Crooked River winds its way through our land abundant with healthy pitch pine trees. In winter, it's not uncommon to see dogsledders whisk along tote roads or a family snowmobiling on trails maintained by the Crooked River and Muddy River SnoSeekers Snowmobile Clubs. The warmer seasons bring a greater diversity of recreational uses, from hunting and hiking to horseback riding, blueberry picking and birding and, of course, canoeing and fishing on the river. ATV traffic is permitted from May 15 through Dec 15 on marked trails only (please refer to our rules online using the Trail Manger link below).

Please enjoy our miles of marked trails in accordance with our rules and regulations. We are happy to open our working forest to you and we encourage you to enjoy it safely!

Other Information

In 1848, Hancock Land Company began their legacy by purchasing a 400-acre timber stand in Casco, Maine, part of what today is known as Jugtown Forest. Throughout this forest, trees were harvested and hauled to the Crooked River. When manufacturing became an integral part of the business, portable mills powered by steam engines were established, which traveled to harvest sites to collect trees. Hancock Lumber continues to responsibly manage their forests.  Although the forest contains myriad tree species, the primary focus remains on harvesting and manufacturing Eastern White Pine.

To continue the learning experience, enjoy an interactive day of fun by visiting our Tree to Timber exhibit at the Children's Museum and Theater of Maine in Portland.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit Jugtown Forest online, or contact:

Hancock Lumber
1260 Poland Spring Road,
Casco, ME, 04015
Phone: (207) 627-7600
jhall@hancocklumber.com

Comments (5) Add Comment

avatar bicyclezeroApril 28, 2012, 11:56 am EST

I mountain biked a small portion of this "trail" system today and found it unbikeable. I am a seasoned mt. biker and I have encountered a lot of difficult trails. This wasn't even a trail. I parked at the Edes lot. Did about 1 mile and gave up. Not a complete survey by any stretch but the quality of the trail I encountered was wide, and completely buried under tree debris. This system is best described in my assessment -which was limited - as best for snow mobile use. then the trail will be fine

avatar JugtownForestMay 2, 2012, 10:08 am EST

Hi, bicyclezero. Thanks for sending us your feedback. I've talked this over with our foresters and we think you might have veered off on a "logging trail" and not one of the maintained trails. I would love to speak with you more to better understand where you were. Certainly we wish your first adventure in Jugtown would have been a better one and hope you'll try it again. Please call me to discuss. 627-2154. Thanks!

avatar SilentKJuly 8, 2013, 6:56 am EST

Hello, I love what you have done with Jugtown forest. I was wondering if you would ever consider a similar project with the trails over by Pine Hill/The Heath? I live in that area and frequent these trails. As you probably know this area is currently being actively logged and I am really hoping they don't leave the trails completely trashed so an atv or mountain bike can't even get through. In any event I am ready to begin rehab efforts as soon as the coast is clear.

avatar bicyclezeroNovember 26, 2012, 9:30 am EST

I'll give it another try! At 14 miles it is the longest trail systems in the area. As a mountain biker I like narrow "single track" as we call it. Are the trails here at all narrow? I didn't find any. But as you have said - I must have missed them.

avatar er.collins99May 19, 2013, 5:07 am EST

These are NOT good mountain bike trails. There are no single track trails and most of the trails are deep sand. I do not recommend ever mountain biking on these trails! It took me 2 hours to travel 5.7 miles in granny gear. It was slow and boring.
The trails do look AWESOME for ATV's or dirtbikes or even jeeps! All of the trails are double-track and lots of terrain for ATV's.

avatar SilentKJuly 8, 2013, 6:59 am EST

These are not great mt. bike trails - especially the sandier sections toward the south end of the parcel. There is a nice ride if you head out Jugtown Rd - Head towards Bishop rd. and take the left a bit before you come on on Bishop. It takes you down by the Crooked. They are however all OUTSTANDING ATV trails.

avatar ddoughty1August 4, 2013, 8:09 am EST

I certainly wouldn't agree that these trails are impassable by bike. The terrain is definitely soft which makes for a good leg workout and it is difficult to build up much speed in most areas but the scenery is more enjoyable at this pace and I managed to jump two deer who seemed to appreciate the trails as well. If you're a strong biker you should definitely check this one out. If you find it too hard it is still a pretty hike.

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Photo courtesy:Hancock Lumber

Hancock Lumber's 5,000 acre privately owned working forest contains looping trails from 0.1 to 1.4 miles in length. The forest and miles of marked trails are open for responsible public access and enjoyment in accordance with Hancock Lumber’s rules and regulations.

Quick Facts

Activity
  • Hiking / Walking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Cross-country Skiing
TownCasco, Naples, Otisfield
DifficultyModerate
Length16.9 miles, Network
SurfacePacked Earth
PetsPermitted
FeesNo
Other ActivitiesATV

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