Amherst Mountains Community Forest - Bald Bluff
The Amherst Mountains Community Forest property is accessed via ME-9 ("the Airline") in the Town of Amherst. Look for a blue yard-arm sign indicating the access road for the property, which is on the north side of the road. Shortly after turning onto the gravel access road listed on Google Earth and DeLorme atlases as the Ducktail Pond Road, there is a set of signs with distances to recreation sites listed. Continue past the Ducktail and Partridge Ponds trailheads passed at approximately 2 miles and take a left onto the 22-00-0 road (unmarked) at a road split at 3.8 miles. At 5.5 miles, cross a small stream next to a swamp with standing dead timber. The trailhead is just ahead of this wetland, at approximately 6.1 miles. The trailhead is on private land; please use the site responsibly and avoid leaving any trash, etc.
The Bald Bluff Trail provides roughly a two-mile hike loop hike including two scenic viewpoints looking over the forested hills of Amherst and beyond to the lower Penobscot River valley. The first section of trail involves some moderately steep grades, including sections of exposed ledge. The trail is quite worn and eroded in places. At approximately 0.4 miles, a 0.2-mile narrow trail juts south to an attractive viewpoint with views to the west and southwest over a rolling, forested landscape. New trail beyond this viewpoint heads roughly east for approximately 0.5-miles before reaching the eastern vista point, a ledge with south-facing views. From here, it is roughly 1 mile back to the trailhead as the footpath first winds through an open spruce-fir-broom-moss forest showing little if any signs of harvesting in recent history.
On June 18, 2009 the Bureau purchased the 4,974 acre Amherst Mountains Community Forest parcel with funding from the federal Forest Legacy Program and the Land for Maine’s Future Program. The property is to be managed through a unique state-municipal-private partnership – the Maine Bureau of Parks Lands owns the property but it will be managed jointly with the Town of Amherst, which will receive assistance from the Forest Society of Maine.
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.
Visit Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands online for more information or contact:
Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Eastern Region Lands Manager
106 Hogan Road, Suite 5, 2nd Floor
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: (207) 941-4412
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