The Poland Town Forest and Bragdon Hill property comprise the Bragdon Hill Conservation Area. Well-maintained trails cross over streams with the help of bog bridges, and trails are well marked by blazes on trees and other natural features. Three different loops are possible by following each of the three different colored blazes. Interesting natural features include the town's largest Hemlock tree and large boulders located along the edge of the trail. Located at the height of land between The Tripp Pond and Middle Range Pond watersheds, the Poland Town forest is valuable for lake protection, wildlife habitat, timber harvesting, and outdoor recreation. The trails have been built cooperatively by the town's recreation department, town forester and other volunteers to provide a rewarding outdoor recreation experience in Poland. More trails are planned for the near future so be on the lookout for additional trails.
Daniel Schellinger owned much of the Bragdon Hill property in the 1800s and ran a small hill farm. The New England Forestry foundation purchased this property from the Omega Wellness Group and Fred A. Huntress, Jr. in 2010. Mr. Huntress managed several forests for NEFF through his career with an emphasis on growing high quality saw logs. A discontinued town road runs through the middle of the 222 acre property, and is part of the easternmost trail loop.
Visit the Town of Poland Recreation Department or New England Forestry Foundation online for more information or contact:New England Forestry Foundation
From the downtown Poland (ME Route 26) head south on White Oak Hill Road for 2.7 miles. Turn left onto ME Route 11/Bakerstown Road for 0.3 miles. Take the first left onto North Raymond Road and drive 1.1 miles until a parking area with kiosk is visible on the left.
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