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Travel Route 117 east from Turner about 2 miles, turning right at a fork just before a four-way intersection. Continue onto Center Bridge Road and proceed another 2 miles to parking lot on right just before the Turner Boat Launch.

Description

The Homestead Trail (ungroomed) -- 4.5 mile loop with a 2.6 mile option -- provides riverside hiking meandering past homestead foundations and along the old river road. Snowshoers can begin from the northern parking lot to the Picnic Meadow (1.1 mi), from there you can take the Harrington Path and either Old River Road Trail or Porcupine Trails back to the parking area or to extend your hike, continue south on the Homestead Trail past the Picnic Meadow to the juncture with the Old River Road Trail, which leads back to the main entrance (1.8 mi). Other allowed uses on the second half of the Homestead Trail include cross-country skiing (ungroomed) and along the Old River Road Trail, uses include snowmobiling (groomed) and cross-country skiing (ungroomed).

For an extensive snowshoe experience, venture to the Ridge Trail (ungroomed) -- 6.9 mile trip -- which provides a scenic overlook of the river. This trail is reached by following the extended Homestead Trail to the Old River Road Trail (2.0 mi). Turn left, proceed over a bridge, turn right and continue up the Ridge Trail (1.0 mi.) to the outcrop overlooking the river. Turn left and descend steeply toward the river on the Ledges Trail (0.4 mi). Turn left on the Old River Road Trail and return 2.25 miles to the Picnic Meadow, and on to the parking area via the Homestead Trail (1.1 mi). Other allowed uses on the Ridge Trail include cross-country skiing (ungroomed), and along Old River Road Trail, snowmobiling (groomed) and cross-country skiing (ungroomed).

Other Information

Pets are allowed in the park on a leash only. Please be respectful of neighboring boundaries. 

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This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.

Trail Manager

Visit Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands online for more information or contact:

Assistant Regional Manager

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Assistant Regional Manager
1 Beech Street
Hallowell, ME 04333
Phone: (207) 215-6351
gary.best@maine.gov

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