Jeremiah Colburn Natural Area
There are 3 trail-heads, each within 1 mile of the center of Orono. The most commonly used entrances are the two off of Forest Avenue.
Forest Avenue: From Main Street/US Route 2 in the center of Orono, turn onto Bennoch Road/ME Route 16 and then immediately onto Forest Avenue. The trail leaves Forest Avenue on the right approximately 0.75 miles from downtown: park on the side of the road.
Forest Hills Terrace: Just beyond the Forest Avenue trailhead (about 0.9 miles from downtown), turn right into Forest Hills Terrace: park at the end of this short dead-end road and access the trail from here.
Winterhaven Drive: From Main Street/US Route 2 in the center of Orono, turn onto Bennoch Road/ME Route 16 and follow for just over a half mile. Turn left onto Winterhaven Drive. The trailhead is just under a quarter mile up on the left (after the seventh house on the left). Parking is on the side of the road.
Trails at Jeremiah Colburn Natural Area meander over roots and rocks through the old, mostly pine tree stands on the property.
Several fun features exist on the trails including an enormous white pine called "Big Old Tree" which provided the inspiration for the Orono Land Trust Logo, the so-called "Pineapple Tree" which features a pine and an apple tree growing intertwined together, and the "Porcupine Tree" which is recognized by the huge pile of porcupine droppings at its base.
The property is also a great place to look for wildflower and birds. A stream runs through the center of the property, and at the eastern end of the property, Sally's Field is mowed annually to maintain a field habitat.
Please observe the carry-in carry-out policy.
Dogs need to be under control of their owners. Horses use this trail and dogs need to be leased when walking by horses and the horse paddock (a connecting trail).
Visit Orono Land Trust online for more information and a printable map or contact:
Orono Land Trust
PO Box 4
Orono, ME 04473
Check for nearby geocaches to Jeremiah Colburn Natural Area.
Leave No Trace Principle
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Know your limits – it’s okay to turn back. Your home is the ultimate destination, not the summit.