Buck's and Lapham Ledges
Going south on ME Route 26 from the Bethel area, from the intersection of Howe Hill Road in Lockes Mills, continue for 2.1 miles to a turn out on the left at the top of a rise. Park on the side of the road between the house and the gravel road. Going north on ME Route 26, go 1.4 miles past the very sharp corner in Bryant Pond (where Summit Street comes in from the left). You will pass the popular roadside spring and at the top of a rise pull into a turn out on the right with a house next to the road and a gravel road. Please park close to the gravel road without blocking it.
The trail begins on a gravel logging road that also serves a snowmobile trail. At 0.5 miles, the trail to Lapham Ledge leaves the road and goes to the right at a sign. At 1.0 miles, at the high point of the saddle between Lapham and Bucks Ledges, the Bucks Ledge trail leaves the road to the left at a sign.
The Lapham Ledge trail continues another 0.5 miles to the Ledges where there are views to the south and east.
The Bucks Ledge Trail continues 0.6 miles to the the top of a long ledge, with views of North and South Ponds, Mount Abram, and the Mahoosuc and White Mountains in the distance. There are peregrine falcons nesting in the ledges below, and they are often seen soaring or perching in a nearby dead tree. From this ledage you can either retrace your steps back to your car, or continue on down the west end of the ledges. The trail down the west end of the ledges is not as well marked, but with attention is easily followed off the ledges and then steeply down to the Mann Road. Follow this road past several camps back to ME Route 26. Turn left on ME 26 and walk 0.25 more miles back to the parking area.
From the ledges it is the same distance back to the parking area either way. Doing the trail as a loop has its benefits, but includes road walking. Retracing your steps and taking a side trip up Lapham Ledge is also recommended.
These trails cross privately owned land and is open to the public through the generosity of the landowner. Please respect trail and land to ensure that the trail can remain open for public use; stay on the established trail, carry out all trash, follow instructions on signage, and do not disturb plants or wildlife. Thank you for doing your part to keep this land available for public use.
A harvesting operation has required a couple of reroutings of the Bucks Ledge Trail, but it is well-marked with flagging tape and signs. These trails are often snowshoed in winter. Bear in mind that part of the logging road is also a snowmobile trail.
The trail is maintained by members of the Woodstock Conservation Commission. For more information contact:
Town of Woodstock, Woodstock Conservation Commission
PO Box 180
Woodstock, ME 04255
Phone: (207) 875-2773
Check for nearby geocaches to Buck's and Lapham Ledges.
Leave No Trace Principle
Keep wildlife wild: do not feed, follow, approach, or otherwise harass wild animals. Doing so may alter their natural behaviors.