From the kiosk at the parking area, the trail leaves across the road and follows a gravel and mowed grassy path along the edge of fields to wildlife viewing spots along wetlands at the northern end of Wilson Pond. Highlights include looking at the diverse aquatic wildlife found in the adjacent wetlands. You might see water birds or basking turtles along some of the numerous water channels. Depending on the time of year the fields and woods offer a variety of wildflowers as well as flowering and fruiting shrubs which provide food for birds and other wildlife. Many different kinds of grasses and reeds are present in this interface of land and water. Tracks in muddy areas provide evidence of bountiful wildlife. Some fields are mowed annually for hay. Others are mowed every other year to provide a more diverse and structured wildlife habitat.
Trail walkers can continue around the edge of the southern field to make a walking loop with a total distance from the kiosk and back of about a mile. Visitors are welcome year round. The parking area is plowed during the winter and while the foot trails are not groomed, they may at times be packed by skiers or snowshoers. Skiing is also possible on the ITS snowmobile trail which intersects the foot trail at the trailhead.
To protect wildlife habitat, the fragile nature of the soils, and for safety reasons, as well as the expectation of users for peaceful contemplation, trails are restricted to non-motorized use, with the exception of wheelchairs.
For more information please contact:Foothills Land Conservancy
From the intersection of US Route 2 and ME Route 156 in Wilton, follow ME Route 156 north 3.5 miles to Pond Road on the left (2.4 miles from ME Route 156 and Main Street intersection in downtown Wilton). Follow Pond Road approximately 300 yards. Parking for the Foothills Land Conservancy will be on the right and the trailhead will be on the left.
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