Good Will-Hinckley

The Good Will-Hinckley wooded trails offer four season opportunities for enjoyable walks to explore the Maine forest habitat. Along the trails the whole family can enjoy bird watching, spring flowers, fall colors and wetland creatures.
Trail Activity
3.3 miles, Network
Dirt/Forest Floor


Along the trails are monuments or trail entrances made of local field stone. These include Murray tablets a monument in the shape of an old fashion pulpit. It is dedicated to “Adirondack Murray”, Henry Harrison Murray, whose 1869 book “Camping In the Adirondacks inspired Hinckley’s trail building and recreational programs for children. The Theodore Roosevelt Monument notes his efforts as President for conservation. The Seton Fireplace Stone Chair was built for Earnest Thompson Seton, and early leader of the Boy Scouts of America who wrote books about the natural world and was a friend of George Hinckley. Seton was known as the “Black Wolf” in the Boy Scouts and the chair “The Black Wolf Seat” was named for him when he visited campus.

Other Information

The Good Will-Hinckley Trails were started in the early 1900s by George Walter Hinckley, the founder of Good Will-Hinckley Homes, to support recreational and natural history activities for the children at Good Will-Hinckley and visitors. They were designed to complement the L.C. Bates Museum and its natural history collections. The L.C.Bates Museum offers regular children’s and families programs and guided walks along the trails.

Trail Manager

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Good Will-Hinckley

Good Will-Hinckley
16 Prescott Drive
Hinckley, ME 04944

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Trail Tips

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Walk single file in the middle of the trail. Wear the right shoes and enjoy the mud – you're in the great outdoors!
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Trailhead Information

From Waterville: Head northeast on Elm St toward Elm Terrace. Take a slight left onto Main Street for about a mile, then take a slight right onto the Interstate 95 N. Take exit 133 for US-201 toward Fairfield/Skowhegan and then turn right onto US-201 N. Drive for 5 miles, then turn left onto Easler Road.

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Ann Carrigan
October 08, 2017
Love this easy woodland trail. I suggest the Dirigo trail. My best word to describe is "sacred."
July 19, 2014
A great collection of trails here. The trails are well-maintained and feature quite a few old stone buildings, gates, plaques,and monuments to explore. As many of these old structures are no longer maintained, it gives the trail a sense of mystery and history as you walk the century-old paths. Watch for deer and other critters!
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