Fields Pond Audubon Center

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Located seven miles southeast of Bangor, Fields Pond Audubon Center features a modern visitor center; an 85-acre pond; and a 192-acre sanctuary with trails winding through field, wetland, forest, and lake shore.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Cross-country-skiing Walking Hiking
2.30 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Dirt/Forest Floor, Grass
Not Permitted


The Fields Pond Audubon Center features a variety of habitats and trails ideal for nature study, wildlife-watching, walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The trails range in difficultly from level, mowed fields to steep rocky trails.

The Ravine Trail is a wooded loop that features rock stairways and stepping stones across a small stream. The Lakeshore Trail, as the name implies, follows the shores of Fields Pond and features a 300-foot cedar boardwalk through a floodplain swamp and views of Fields Pond and its 22-acre island. The Marsh Trail features a 150-foot cedar boardwalk through an alder swamp and other boardwalks in a moist balsam fir forest. Mowed paths through the fields are flat and easy to walk in the summer and offer the some of the  highest diversity of butterflies in the Penobscot Valley area.

Other Information

The center offers dozens of year-round public programs, a Maine Audubon Nature Store, and day camps for children. The sanctuary is a popular destination for families, retirees, and children attending programs through local schools and community groups. It has become a recognized leader in providing hands-on environmental education.

Trails are open to the public from dawn to dusk. Please check the website for store and visitor center hours as well as upcoming public events.

Please leave your pets at home.

Downeast Phenology Trail: Visitor Center Walk

While visiting this beautiful trail take part in our scientific research project, which is part of the Downeast Phenology Trail. Millions of songbirds migrate south every fall along the northeast coastline. To get from here to there they need stopovers to refuel on fruits and insects. This hiking trail is one of those stopover locations.

As the climate changes, temperatures are going up. And as things heat up, fruits ripen and insects emerge earlier and earlier. But, birds are migrating south later and later. Will there be any fruits or insects left for the birds when they fly through our region? You can help us answer this question--check out our project website before you go for your hike.

Schoodic Institute is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to advancing ecosystem science and learning for all ages through a unique partnership with Acadia National Park. Schoodic Institute and Acadia National Park are national leaders in the development of new techniques to involve the public in science, education and conservation.

Trail Manager

Visit Fields Pond Audubon Center online for more information or contact:

Maine Audubon, Fields Pond Audubon Center
216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429
Phone: (207) 989-2591
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Trail Tips

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Stick to established trails and campsites. If there's no trail, try to walk on rock, gravel, or snow and spread out so that your group doesn't create a trail.

Trailhead Information

From I-395, take Exit 5 in Brewer. Turn right onto Parkway South for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Firigo Drive for 0.5 miles. Turn right again onto Green Point Road for 0.8 miles. Turn left on to Wiswell Road for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Fields Pond Road. The center is a mile ahead on the left.

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