The Historic Pines Trail gives visitors a glimpse into history at many levels and the trail features pristine unchanged scenic vistas. The Trail is approximately one mile, following a ridge along the Kennebec River. Unique site markers give a brief history of the site as well as other thought provoking items. River access for fly fishing buffs offers the best wade-in trout fishing in the area. The picnic area provides a serene place for outside gatherings and is handicapped accessible. Visitors may access the Father Rasle monument from the trail and learn the significance of this site as home of the Wabanaki people and the history of English settlement, and later as a stopping place of Colonel Benedict Arnold's Wilderness March to Quebec.
The site is open year round, closed at sunset. No overnight camping is allowed. There are no public rest facilities at this time.
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The Historic Pines Trail can be accessed from Route 201A to the Father Rasle (Rale) Road, approximately 4 miles from the Norridgewock bridge on the left. Continue on the Father Road and the Pines site will be approximately 3 miles on the left. Roadside parking is available and the area is handicapped accessible.
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