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The trailhead is off Watson Pond Road, which leaves from the west side of ME Route 27 about a mile north of the intersection of ME Routes 27 and 225 in Rome. From ME Route 27, drive south on Watson Pond Road 4 miles to the parking area located at the corner of Watson Pond Road and Wildflower Estates.

Description

The Round Top Trail ascends Round Top Mountain (1,133') while winding through a diverse forest of young and old hardwoods and conifers. The trail, marked with blue blazes, is of moderate difficulty and leaves the parking lot in a westerly direction. Within 200 yards it crosses a large slab of granite originally quarried for an old foundation. After an initial rise, the trail meanders through the woods, briefly opening up for a view of Round Top Mountain, before dropping to a junction with the Kennebec Highlands Trail at 1 mile. 

After crossing the Kennebec Highlands Trail, the Round Top Trail climbs steadily northward. As the trail approaches Round Top Mountain’s summit, views open up to the east and south. Near the top, at 1.7 miles, a spur trail leads north (description below). The main trail continues northeast, passing an overlook with views of Long Pond, Belgrade Lakes Village, and Great Pond, and then descends to a second overlook at an open area with large rock slabs and porcupine dens. The trail descends steeply, between and over large rocks, and joins the Kennebec Highlands Trail at 2.1 miles. Turn right (south) onto this broad gravel trail. At 2.9 miles bear right at a three-way junction, marked by a trail sign. A hundred yards past the junction (just before a Y-intersection of snowmobile trails) a rock cairn with a wooden sign post on the west side of the logging trail marks the Round Top Trail’s initial junction with the Kennebec Highlands Trail. Turn left (east) and follow the Round Top Trail back to the parking lot.

The Round Top Spur Trail, 0.3 miles long each way, leads to the north end of Round Top Mountain and two overlooks with spectacular views. The first view looks northward and east to Round Pond below, and French Mountain, Mount Phillip, North Pond, and Great Pond. The spur trail ends at a second overlook, which includes additional views of Watson Pond, Sanders Hill, and Vienna Mountain (northwest through the trees).

Other Information

The Kennebec Highlands is an area of Public Lands encompassing over 6,000 acres in northwest Kennebec County and southeastern Franklin County. This regionally significant large block of conservation land is the result of a long-term collaboration between the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance and the Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands.

Users should note that the Kennebec Highland Trail, which is crossed several times and in one case followed for a short distance, is a multi-use trail allowing snowmobile use in the winter.

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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 Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance or Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands online for more information or contact:

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Western Public Lands Office
PO Box 327
Farmington, Maine 04938
Phone: (207) 778-8231
peter.d.smith@maine.gov

Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance
PO Box 250
Belgrade Lakes, ME 04918
Phone: (207) 495-6039
brca@gwi.net

Comments

mesnailspace October 12, 2015, 4:53 pm EDT

Barbara Heap

Perfect day, perfect hike. Views of the Fall foliage were dynamo!!! This is one that I'd suggest to anyone who likes to take the "granite highway" on the top. Fun trails with lots of stepping stones...

ChrisNason October 04, 2014, 7:08 am EDT

Chris Nason

The Round Top trail is a gem. A moderate hike, it provides both inclines and flat tracks over rock-strewn terrain. The views of the Belgrade Lakes and the surrounding area from the lookouts are excellent, though the real fun is the trail terrain itself. If you like rocks, boulders, and moss, you'll encounter plenty of them all. Don't forget to take the short (.3 mile) spur trail to get to the top of the hill from the main trail. Try it in October for a colorful, cool hike.

KimPye September 20, 2014, 5:32 am EDT

Real nice varied terrain hike with some rewarding views here and there. Liked the sections of trail with ledges and good sized rocks, boulders. Real purdy in the fall with lots of Oak, Maple and Beech trees.

emacmaster August 05, 2014, 6:58 pm EDT

Great hike and nice views, but beware of all the horseflies!! I went mid July and thy were chasing me the entire hike, as well as my dog who had about 12 around his head during the last stretch of the hike.

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