All trails commence at the kiosk directly across from the Francis Malcolm Science Center. The trails are relatively level, and in 2020 new trails were added and old trails were further trimmed to widen them, providing better access for more visitors.
Before your hike, snowshoe, or ski, please register at the Sign-In Box on a tree just beyond the kiosk. A three-sided lean-to is located behind the Sign-In Box. The lean-to provides a place to put on snowshoes or skis that is out of the wind. Maps are available here, as well as scavenger hunts to complete on the trails. Beyond the lean-to there is a bird viewing area, where you may spot blue jays, chickadees, and nuthatches flying around.
The trails can be divided into two separate sections. The Plantation, Big Dipper, and Norway Spruce Trails (upper trails) are closest to the Center. These are located on old farm land and stay dry all year.
The Black Spruce, Planet, and Wildlife Loop Trails, as well as the Cedar Connector, are part of the second, longer section of trials. These are located in a wetland, so they stay wet through the spring, summer, and fall. Waterproof boots are suggested for hiking these trails. For those who like wetland flowers, there are pitcher plants and cotton grass along the Black Spruce Trail.
In the winter, once the water freezes, these longer trails are out of the wind. The trees become laden with snow and animal tracks abound. You might find snowshoe hare, coyote, moose, fisher, red squirrel, and even lynx tracks. A track guide can be found in the lean-to. The winter trails are user-maintained.
During the winter, trail updates are posted on the Francis Malcolm Science Center Facebook page.
While there is no entrance fee to utilize these trails, donations are very much appreciated to help in their maintenance.
For more information, visit the Francis Malcolm Science Center online or contact:
Francis Malcolm Science Center trails are located on US-1A in Easton, mid-way between Easton and Fort Fairfield, just south of the Conant Road. The trailhead is directly across the highway from the Francis Malcolm Science Center, where parking is available.
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