Pineland Public Reserved Land

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This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
The Pineland Public Land Unit offers abundant wildlife and a pleasing landscape of forests over rolling hills. Hikers are invited to explore this hidden property.
Trail Activity
Cross-country-skiing Walking Hiking
3.2 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Gray, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge



This is a busy trail system, especially on weekends between 9AM-4PM. Consider visiting outside of peak periods. Use Maine Trail Finder to identify other nearby trails. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, please choose another trail. Be considerate of your fellow trail enthusiasts - pass at safe distances, wear masks, and move on from viewpoints if others are waiting.

Located about four miles east of the center of the Town of Gray, the Pineland Public Lands includes more than 600 acres in Gray, North Yarmouth, and New Gloucester. The forests on this land, along with the nearby agricultural fields, which are now privately owned, once supplied the needs of hundreds of residents and staff at the Pineland Center. Now, this wonderful area of undeveloped forests helps to fill the growing need for open space and outdoor recreation. 

Pineland has 3.2 miles of loop trails to offer its visitors. Taking hikers through ever changing woodlands, the 1.7-mile North Loop Trail covers some steep slopes to reach the Royal River.  On the other side of the road there is the 1.5-mile South Loop Trail taking visitors on a pleasant hike through the woods on more gentle slopes. 

Those interested in the natural treasures of this woodland can travel off trail and find rare Maine blackgum tupelo trees as well as large and impressive pines, oaks, and hemlocks. For another woodland attribute, Pineland has the claim of being home of the biggest ironwood trees in the state.

Pineland offers a wide variety of wildlife habitat, which provides opportunity to see a vast range of animals. Upland species include white-tail deer, red fox, snowshoe hare, red squirrel, gray squirrel, ruffed grouse, woodcock, and wild turkey. In addition, where the forests meet the privately owned fields there is habitat for bluebirds, meadowlarks, and kestrels.

Other Information

In winter, snowshoers and cross country skiers enjoy the South Loop Trail with its gentle slopes and beautiful forests. The North Loop Trail is for experts only under the best snow conditions. Do not attempt to ski the North Loop Trail if conditions are icy or snow cover is thin. In spring and summer, visitors fish the Royal River for brook trout and brown trout. In season, hunters are on the lands looking for turkey and deer. There is no camping allowed on this property, and as with all public lands, there is a carry in-carry out policy.

NOTE: There has been some confusion caused by a nearby snowshoe trail located off the public lands in the vicinity of the northwestern portion of the Northern Loop Trail. Public lands hiking trails on the Pineland Public Lands property are blue blazed, whereas the snowshoe trail on the far side of a small brook are marked with green wooden diamonds. Additionally, there is a small open area along the Depot Road to the west of the designated trailhead. This is not the trailhead; the trailhead for the Northern Loop is marked by a blue roadside yard-arm (hanging sign) and there is also a trailhead bulletin board on site.

Trail Manager

Visit 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

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Trail Tips

Respect Wildlife
Avoid known animal mating or nesting areas during sensitive times.

Trailhead Information

From the town center in Gray at the junction of ME Routes 4, 100, 202, 115, and 26, right off the I-95/Maine Turnpike Exit 63, follow ME Route 115 east for about 1.5 miles. Turn left on Depot Road and follow it for about 2.5 miles to a Public Reserve Lands sign at the trailhead on the left. Coming from New Gloucester or North Yarmouth, take Depot Road 0.5 miles west from its intersection with ME Route 231 to the parking and trailhead on the right.

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