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Gannett Woods and Wyman Memorial Forest

This dual preserve includes Monk’s Hill and Shedd Pond whose diverse habitats provide for a variety of wildlife watching opportunities. 
Trail Activity
2.4 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Manchester, Readfield
Dirt/Forest Floor


Gannett Woods and Wyman Memorial Forest properties will remain forever as undeveloped, open, and scenic landscapes, and will be managed for wildlife, non-intensive public uses, and for public education. Gannett Woods includes approximately 1.15 miles of undeveloped shore frontage and extensive wetlands on the 48-acre Shedd Pond in Manchester. Wyman Memorial Forest includes the top of Monk’s Hill (720 feet).

These valuable conservation lands provide habitat for a variety of wildlife, including ducks and other waterfowl, beavers and moose, and many songbirds. KLT’s lands are adjacent to the 708-acre Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest which is owned and managed by the New England Forestry Foundation. From a conservation standpoint, the three contiguous parcels, totaling over 850 acres, have an even higher ecological value than if they were if they were isolated from each other.

Other Information

Snowmobiling is allowed on the designated trail in Gannett Woods. ATVs or motorized vehicles of any kind are not permitted. Fishing and hunting are permitted. Dogs: Out of respect for hikers and small children, dogs should be under voice command or on a leash. Please pick up after your pets. 

Trail Manager

Visit the Kennebec Land Trust online for more information or contact:

Kennebec Land Trust

Kennebec Land Trust
PO Box 261
Winthrop, ME 04364
Phone: (207) 377-2848
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Trail Tips

Respect Wildlife
Avoid unwanted animal guests: store your food and trash securely and keep your camp clean of crumbs and spills.
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Trailhead Information

Wyman Forest: A trail crosses the property from the access point on Route 17 to privately owned fields on the north side of the property and links to Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) Gannett Woods trail. From Manchester go on Rt. 17 W for 2.4 miles (just across the town line into Readfield), Case Street Cemetery will be on your right. Park in front of the cemetery on Route 17 in Readfield near the Manchester line. From the cemetery walk west approximately 300 yards. A KLT sign marks the access point (trail begins halfway between CMP poles #88 and #89). From Readfield: Take Route 17 E, the cemetery is on the left, 1.8 miles after US 135 E. 

Gannett Woods: A one mile loop on the west side of Shedd Pond starts at an old woods road off of Scribner Hill Road. The KLT registration box is not visible from the road. This trail connects to the Wyman Forest trail at an old woods road. Take Route 17 to Route 135. Go north on Route 135 for 1.2 miles to Scribner Hill Road. Turn southeast on Scribner Hill Road for 1 mile. Look for a woods road on the right (south side) of Scribner Hill Road. Cross a stream with a granite bridge, and look for the blue blazed trail, the trail enters the woods on your left.

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September 01, 2014
Great hike, have gone in from both ends several times and always enjoy the peaceful experience
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